Archive:Referenda (Citizen-Initiated)

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Purpose of this page

This page is intended for the development of Citizen-initiated referenda that are allowed as a result of Article 37.2 of the Charter, which reads as follows:

Referenda may be initiated in two ways:

  1. Any Citizen may petition either the Management Council or Editorial Council that contested rules or guidelines be submitted to a referendum. Either Council must have jurisdiction over the contested matter. Either Council may, by simple majority vote, submit the referendum to a vote of the citizenry at the next regular election.
  2. A referendum may be initiated by a group of Citizens corresponding in size to 20 percent of the number of voters in the previous election. The Management Council must include a valid citizen-initiated referendum in the next regular election. Failure to do so will automatically pass the referendum which shall then become official policy and enforceable. This charter may not be amended by a failure of the Management Council to submit a referendum to a vote.


  • A referendum must be written as enforceable rules or guidelines.
  • A referendum shall be decided by simple majority of the votes validly cast by the citizenry during a regular election.
  • Any amendment to and any change of this Charter shall require a referendum and shall be ratified if accepted by a qualified majority of two thirds of the votes validly cast.
  • Any change of the license shall require a referendum.

Validly cast votes from previous election

There were 14 validly cast votes last election (Special, Fall 2011).

Number of Citizen supporters required to add a referendum to the next election: 3


How to create a referendum

To create a referendum, simply...

  1. Add as a link to a subpage, e.g. *[[CZ:Referenda (Citizen-Initiated)/Referendum Name, December 2011|Referendum Name, December 2011]]
  2. Add your name as the proposer by signing with four tildes, underneath and indented with two asterisks: **Proposed by ~~~~

Discussion concerning each referendum should occur on the Talk page of the newly created subpage.

How to support a referendum

Add your name as a supporter by signing with four tildes, underneath the proposer's name and indented with two asterisks: **Supported by ~~~~

Citizen-initiated referenda

June 2012

  • Add your title and subpage link here
    • Add 'Proposed by ~~~~' here
    • Add 'Supported by ~~~~' here
    • Add 'Supported by ~~~~' here

December 2011