Friends, readers, citizens, lend me your signatures! I have two events where you registered voters can come sign the petitions I’ve taken out to refer the Legislature’s incumbency protection program (why else would you make it harder for people to run for office?) and the counterproductive, unconservative youth minimum wage.
On Wednesday (that’s tomorrow already!), I’ll be petitioning outside the Alexander Mitchell Public Library at 519 S. Kline St., from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. The forecast says light southerly breeze and heading for the 70s, so it should be a beautiful day for signing a petition, not to mention taking a lunchtime walk, checking out a book, sitting under a tree and reading…. Swing by the library on your lunch break and sign the petitions to refer SB 69 and SB 177.
Then Thursday evening, I’ll be at the Eagles Club at 316 S. 2nd St. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. I’m attending (and speaking at!) the Brown County Democrats meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. I’ll happily collect signatures before and after the meeting. Democratic neighbors, tomorrow’s a great chance for a democracy two-fer: come sign the petitions to protect the people’s right to vote, then join the Dems’ meeting to see what else you can do for democracy. But these petitions are non-partisan: SB 69 and SB 177 threaten everyone’s ability to participate in governing this state, Independent, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Green, what have you. Even if you’re not interested in party politics, Thursday night at the Eagles Club will be a good chance to sign these petitions.
And you know, if you’re fired up about the third big referendum drive, started by some Aberdeen veterans to challenge the state’s redefinition of their ranks (and reported first here on Dakota Free Press), I will have a couple of those sheets in my folder as well. Bring your friends, and come sign some petitions!