An overwhelming vote of “yes” to the Move to Amend referendum in the cities of Whitewater and Fort Atkinson on the April 2 ballot showed the support that local residents want the return of democracy.
The issue was presented on the April 2 ballot after a petition resulting from the Supreme Court’s decision from the 2010 case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.
Dan Fary, of the Town of Oakland said, “It just shows the overwhelming support that citizens have for a constitutional amendment to return control of the democracy to the citizens.”
The results from the April 2 ballot showed 76 percent of voters in Fort Atkinson supported the referendum totaling 1,312 “yes” votes and 325 “no” votes. While in Whitewater the results showed 84 percent of the voters showing their support to the Move to Amend with 1,013 “yes” votes and 198 “no” votes.
James Hartwick of Whitewater said, “I am surprised and pleased by the outpouring of the average person saying enough is enough.”
The purpose of the Move to Amend referendum was to repeal the Supreme Court’s decision that granted corporations the same rights as individual citizens that allowed funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections.
“The election result showed strong bipartisan support to get big money out of elections,” Hartwick said.
The results of the Citizens United ruling have been very controversial. President Barack Obama supported the Move to Amend movement, which came into play during the previous presidential election.
Groups that have shown overwhelming support to the Supreme Court’s decision on the Citizens United case argue that the court upheld First Amendment rights by allowing corporations to participate in political processes.
Citizen’s united goal is to restore the American life the founding father foreseen to a free nation, through honesty and common sense.
While Citizen’s united goal is to restore the nation to democracy, it is very difficult to amend the constitution of the United States of America. The process in order to accomplish such a task, which hasn’t been done in over 200 years, must first be proposed by two-thirds of the members of the House or Representatives and Congress then the amendment must be ratified by 75 percent of the state legislatures.