Wyoming Promise Collecting Signatures
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 20, 2017
Wyoming Promise volunteers are collecting signatures across the state for a bi-partisan citizens’ initiative to restore free and fair elections.
Wyoming Promise is a citizens’ grassroots effort to get big money out of politics by calling on Congress to pass a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is working with several national organizations, including American Promise, which are coordinating similar efforts in many states.
Ken Chestek, chair of Wyoming Promise, says the goal of the proposed amendment is to roll back the 2010 Supreme Court decision that overturned the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act on the basis that corporations are people and money is speech.
Chestek says that by gathering signatures statewide, Wyoming Promise hopes to place a citizens’ initiative on the November 2018 ballot so Wyoming voters can call for the 28th amendment. For the initiative to appear on the ballot, sponsors of the measure must gather almost 39,000 valid signatures from registered voters before February 2018. The signatures must be collected from at least 16 of Wyoming’s 23 counties.
So far, 19 states have called on Congress to propose the 28th Amendment to overturn that case, in order to pave the way for legislation that would get unaccountable money out of politics.