This past election on November 4, 2014, the Near West Suburban Chicago (NWSC) Move To Amend affiliate was supporting three different Township referenda. Two were related to over-turning corporate personhood in the Berwyn and Proviso townships. The third referendum was related to rejecting the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement fast-track process.
The results were as follows:
Berwyn Township Referendum Question:
Should the United States Constitution be amended to clearly state that only individual persons, and not corporations, associations, or any other organizational entities are entitled to the rights enumerated in the Constitution?
The “Yes” vote was 77.60% in Berwyn Township.
The Oak Park Township Referendum on the Trans Pacific Partnership was supported by our Affiliate as well. The language was a somewhat controversial and very long. Thus, it entailed some resistance, but still passed by a significant margin, with a “Yes” vote of 73.70%. It is the only referendum on the TPP in this election to the best of our knowledge.
The Proviso Township referendum never got on the ballot. When we followed up with the Township administration, they admitted that the Township personnel made a serious mistake. They stated that the clerk at the Township meeting where the referendum had passed, was new and unfamiliar with the process. They stated that those personnel didn’t realize that it would actually go to the voters for a vote. I requested and received a signed letter of apology on Township letterhead to that effect. The language was the same as the Berwyn language.
On all three of these referenda, members of our affiliate led the process with our support. However, the Berwyn and Proviso referenda did not use the language suggested by our group. The result was the issue of money as speech was omitted. We plan to address that with referenda in 2016. The TPP referendum was primarily the effort of the Green Party and the DSA. We supported the effort in principle, but the language was not vetted by us.