Almost a year ago I came around to an idea that shrinking the size of initiative petitions to a size that people can print out on their home printers. Recently, inspired by intitiative reform talk at horsesass and Evergreen Politics, I started taking the idea more seriously.

Now, I’m going to see how far I can take it.

I’ve started a new blog at This is what (printer) Democracy looks like to solicit ideas to improve where I’m at right now, get criticized and hopefully not ignored. In a few weeks, I’m going to start talking to some other folks around Olympia (including my representatives and folks at the SoS office) to see if I have any chance in hell of making this happen.

The idea is to make the entry point into the initiative process lower so the product represents more closer the public will.

Right now I’m seeking feeback. Where am I wrong my thinking? Is this a bad idea, or a good one that isn’t ready yet?