LEBANON - A local organizer for a petition drive calling on state legislators to demand a Convention of States is looking for volunteers to collect signatures at local Maine polling places.
A Convention of States is a constitutionally prescribed avenue for citizens to attempt the reining in of a federal government that has become far more powerful and intrusive than the Founding Fathers ever intended, petition backers say.
Article 5 of the Constitution outlines the procedure to enact changes to our founding document, including by a Convention of States, which can only be called if at least two-thirds of the 50 state legislatures agree.
Once its called, the proposals are debated and voted on, with a minimum of three-fourths of those states participating necessary to make the change stick.
Steven Wanager of Lebanon will be at the Lebanon polls all day long on Nov. 8 collecting signatures that will call for such a convention that could have enough teeth to actually effect changes on issues like education, taxation and term limits.
The signed petitions will be sent to state legislators in Maine, New Hampshire and others around the country asking them to take steps to making a Convention of States happen.
Anyone who would like to help out on Election Day by covering local polling places in Maine can contact Wanager at 207.475.6793.