Initiatives v Oligarchy

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



  1. The IQA is the Initiatives Qualifying Assembly of the United States.
  2. Full Complement of Members: The maximum authorized membership (i.e., it includes absent Members and unfilled seats).
  3. Whole IQA: The IQA of all Members at the current session (i.e., it excludes absent Members and unfilled seats).
  4. A Majority is one vote more than fifty percent
  5. A Supermajority is a two-thirds vote
  6. Simple means that only the votes cast, not the total membership, shall be considered. A voting requirement is presumed Simple unless otherwise stated.
  7. Simple Majority or Simple Supermajority: Shall be based on the number of votes cast and is the default method of determining the success or failure of a vote unless otherwise specified.
  8. Absolute Majority or Absolute Supermajority: Shall be based on the Full Complement of Members.

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