About Petition Rights Section

Austin, Petitions, and the Citizen’s Right to Referendum

A new coalition is forming to restore one of the most fundamental political tools in our democracy — the right to petition for voter referendum. Austin is the only large Home Rule city in Texas that restricts the right of citizens to petition for a public vote to reverse a City Council decision. This allows the 11-member Council to make decisions that will impact Austin for generations and go into effect the following day, while the only recourse left for affected citizens is trying to vote them out of office… 2 to 4 years later after the damage is done!

We hope to see this change. That is why we are petitioning to amend Austin’s city charter in order to create a window of time after Council decisions for concerned citizens to circulate petitions to put the decision to a vote by the people.

About Indy Austin

IndyAustin.org is a specific purpose political action committee filed with the Texas Ethics Commission and the City of Austin on August 14, 2017. Its purpose is to promote petition campaigns for a public vote in the city of Austin for either the May or November 2018 ballot.
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Learn More About Petitions

  • Primer on Petition Rights (PowerPoint) [ Click Here ]
  • “What is an independent?” [ Click here ]