Frank Dillman speaks at Patriots of Liberty Tea Party meeting

The Patriots of Liberty Tea Party hosted speaker Frank Dillman who presented a speech on Initiative and Referendum, rallying citizen participation in state government.

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  1. The Patriots of Liberty Tea Party met on Tuesday night to discuss the Let Bama Vote campaign, which serves to educate American citizens about their right to place proposed laws and amendments on ballots with the ability to accept or reject legislative actions.
  2. Dillman defined Initiative and Referendum as citizens' right to place proposed laws and amendments on a ballot with the ability to also reject laws and constitutional amendments.
  3. " I&R is nothing new. Direct democracy is nothing new," Dillman said. "There's records where the citizens of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome have the ability and the right to place measures on their local ballots for the people to vote on. It's been on our soil since the 1600s."
  4. According to John G. Matsusaka, president of the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California, 70 percent of the United States population already have this right.

  5. Earlier on Tuesday Dillman spoke to a group of Auburn University students about the mission of Let Bama Vote.
  6. GOP Governor Debate - Robert Bentley and Bradley Byrne on initiative and referendum
  7. During his presentation Dillman explained all types of referendums.
  8. In the state of Arizona, women's suffrage passed because an Initiative and Referendum was put into state constitution allowing citizens to propose laws on ballots. The people helped women gain that right. #AUJreporting #LetBamaVote speech by Frank Dillman
    In the state of Arizona, women's suffrage passed because an Initiative and Referendum was put into state constitution allowing citizens to propose laws on ballots. The people helped women gain that right. #AUJreporting #LetBamaVote speech by Frank Dillman
  9. Dillman opened the floor for questions at the end of the speech.
  10. Shelia Eckman, member of the tea party, voiced her concerns about the process of how citizens would get the state government to pass Initiative and Referendum.
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