I believe referendums should be used much more often to get input from voters on major issues and override lawmakers when they get out of hand. To lead by example, I have a constitutional amendment to propose for the November 2012 general election for which I have fifteen months to acquire the required 300,000 Illinois registered voters' signatures. What I lack are the resources and organizing skill to collect these signatures. Would any of you have any helpful ideas to accomplish this? Perhaps existing organizations which could be leveraged, notably political and reform-minded ones and gathering places such as churches, malls, hotels, shelters, universities, etc? Below is the text of my amendment.
Section 1 of Article IV of the Illinois Constitution is amended as follows:
The legislative power is vested in a General Assembly consisting of a Senate <strike>and a House of Representatives</strike>, elected by the electors from 59 Legislative Districts<insert>, and a House of Representatives appointed by random selection from eligible registered voters from</insert><strike and</strike> 118 Representative Districts.<insert> References to elections for the House of Representatives elsewhere in this Constitution shall be interpreted to mean appointment.</insert>