A grassroots and coordinated direct action campaign is underway to change state-level ballot access laws. Each state controls how and when Presidential candidates gain access to state-level election ballots so we aim to change the state level laws to require ten years of tax returns as a requirement to gain access to the ballot and requirement for electoral college participation.  Follow the steps below to initiate conversation with your state elected officials and participate in the campaign on Facebook. You have the ability to make a difference in national elections by changing state level laws!

Steps:

  1. Contact your local state legislator to declare your support for “tax returns for ballot access” legislation
  2. Download the draft bill and communicate with your state legislator
  3. Follow up with weekly phone calls to her/his office and tweet at your legislator
  4. Participate in the Facebook Group to collaborate with others and learn best practices

State Statutes to Target:

  1. New Hampshire: New Hampshire Statute; Title LXIII Elections; Chapter 655; Nominations; Section 655.29   http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/LXIII/655/655-mrg.htm
  2. Connecticut: Connecticut Statute: Chapter 154 Presidential Preference Primary.  https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_154.htm#sec_9-465
  3. Delaware: Delaware Statute; Title 15 Elections; Chapter 30 Ballot Qualifications.  http://delcode.delaware.gov/title15/c030/index.shtml
  4. OregonOregon Statute: Chapter 249 Candidateshttps://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors249.html

Current Status:

High Priority States: State government trifecta states where one political party holds governorship, a majority of state senate seats, and a majority of the state house in the state’s government.

  1. Rhode Island (10 Co-Sponsors) – Senate Bill introduced 1/19; House Bill introduced 2/3
  2. Connecticut (6 Co-Sponsors in House) – Bill introduced 1/24
  3. Delaware
  4. Oregon – (Rep. Margaret Doherty, District 35) – House Bill introduced
  5. California (Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco;  Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg) – Bill introduced 1/17/2017

Priority States:

  1. Massachusetts (Sen. Mike Barrett, D-Lexington) – Bill introduced 1/11/2017
  2. New York (Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan) – Bill introduced 1/4/2017
  3. Maine (Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham)
  4. New Mexico (Sen. Jacob R. Candelaria; Reps. Georgene Louis and Gail Chasey) – Bill introduced 1/21/2017
  5. Hawaii (Rep. Chris Lee, D-Lanikai, Waimānalo) – Bill introduced 1/25/2017
  6. New Jersey (10 Co-Sponsors) – Senate Bill introduced 2/27/2017; House Bill introduced 1/23/2017
  7. Pennsylvania (Sen. Daylin Leach, D-Montgomery)
  8. Virginia (Rep. Mark Levine, D-Alexandria) – Bill introduced 1/20/2017 – Died in Committee
  9. Minnesota (Sen. Schoen, DFL – Cottage Grove) – Introduced 1/26/2017
  10. Maryland (39 Co-Sponsors in House, 19 Co-Sponsors in Senate) – Introduced 1/27/2017
  11. Vermont (42 Co-Sponsors) – Senate Bill introduced 2/9; House Bill introduced 2/9
  12. Michigan (10 Co-Sponsors) – Senate Bill introduced 3/7
  13. Ohio (10 Co-Sponsors) – House Bill introduced
  14. Tennessee – House Bill introduced 2/9/2017
  15. Iowa – Bill introduced
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