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“Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories.” (Thomas Jefferson)

2.3: Initiatives Emulate Congress Voting the Peoples’ Will

The People voting on Direct Initiatives emulate congress voting the Peoples will. Thus, a majority Initiative vote of the People in a congressional district shall be the exact equal of the vote by the district’s member of the House of Representatives. A majority initiative vote of the People in a State shall be the equal of the votes by its Senators.

To pass a legislative Initiative shall require a double majority defined as majority votes in a majority of the congressional districts and in a majority of the States. To propose a Constitutional Amendment to the States for ratification shall require a double super-majority defined as a majority vote in a two-thirds majority of the congressional Districts and in a two-thirds majority of the States.

Matters decided in Congress by committee or other subset thereof shall be as if a majority of members of that House had passed them. An Initiative addressing a House of Representatives’ Committee issue shall require a majority vote in a majority of the congressional districts to pass. An Initiative addressing a Senate Committee issue shall require a majority vote in a majority of the states to pass. Joint committee issues shall require a double majority Initiative vote to pass.

In addition, any Initiative must always pass with at least a simple majority of the nationwide vote.

Explanation of Initiatives Emulate Congress Voting the Peoples’ Will

The voting majorities for initiatives follow the same majorities as those that the Constitution defined and Congress currently uses.

Statistical anomalies can occur in elections. Therefore, as a precaution, the Amendment also requires a simple nationwide majority to pass an Initiative.

Nationwide Initiatives will treat voting by any Committee or subset of Congress as if a majority vote of one or both Houses had passed the issue.