National Ballot Initiative Newsletter

  • The NI4D journalism contest is now open.
  • If you are looking for something to write about for the journalism contest, a current issue has come to my attention. The Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote: "Again, the gulf between Candidate Obama and President Obama is striking. As a candidate, Obama ran promising a new era of government transparency and accountability, an end to the Bush DOJ's radical theories of executive power, and reform of the PATRIOT Act. But, this week, Obama's own Department Of Justice has argued that, under the PATRIOT Act, the government shall be entirely unaccountable for surveilling Americans in violation of its own laws."

    The Obama administration's policy is contrary to a recent poll, "Most want inquiry into anti-terror tactics." It's not that Obama is necessarily worse than other politicians. The point is that the situation could be resolved quickly if we had access to national ballot initiatives.
  • We lost the March Ideablob contest. However, the winner only received about 2000 votes. There are about 5800 people on this mailing list. If only half of you vote then we are certain to win in April. It's up to you. It is not enough to register your vote for NI4D. The election on NI4D will never be completed unless we can build enough momentum to bring the election to the electorate. We need funding to develop more videos, incorporate state registration data, and devise a way to process paper ballots. Please vote for National Ballot Initiatives in the Ideablob contest.
  • Join the NI4D-video special interest group. Assembling videos involves many different talents.
    • Brainstorm: help write scripts and poetry
    • Find royalty-free still images or develop new still image artwork
    • Find royalty-free music or compose original music
    • Record your voice to provide narration
    • Mix the elements into a coherent video
    • Test videos in development and provide feedback
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  • We always need more volunteers.
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