There are three simultaneous efforts for this legislation:
- Citizens met with their County Councilperson who could introduce it, pass it, and implement it
- A petition drive to put the ordinance on the Council’s agenda. The agenda initiative requires 500 valid signatures of registered voters in the County to be collected in a short time period
- A campaign to place the legislation directly before the voters in the November election. This requires 22,000 signatures to be collected by August 6th
The ordinance concept originated from a collection of local, like-minded organizations and people, including the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh, VoteAllegheny, B-pep (Black Empowerment Political Project) and the national organization, Verified Voting.
Dr. Zuckerman-Parker’s Election Integrity-DontTreadOnMyVote.com movement is quickly gaining momentum and attracting national attention, with the Twitter hashtag #22KSignatures. The website provides information for volunteers and for voters looking for a signing location. They are eagerly looking for more volunteers. Allegheny county residents are encouraged to sign, collect signatures or set up a signing station and citizens across the country are encouraged to enact similar movements.
Dr. Zuckerman-Parker earned her doctorate in Instructional Technology from Duquesne University and her undergraduate at Rochester Institute of Technology. She was previously funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for her innovative work to empower students to be change agents. She is a National Writing Project Teacher Consultant. She received the American Assoc. of University Women, “Friend of Equity Award” (2009), from Duquesne University. “Mind Heart & Spirit” Award (2008) and a two-year appointment as member of “Emerging Scholars Network” of the International Assoc. for Media & Communication Research (2007).