Fair Elections

PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION IN THE LEGISLATURE

Replace the two-party system of corporate rule with multi-party democracy. End single-member-district, winner-take-all system that creates one-party district and a two-party legislature. Adopt proportional representation for the state Assembly and Senate in order to give every party legislative representation in proportion to the vote it receives.

INSTANT RUNOFF VOTING FOR EXECUTIVE OFFICES

Elect statewide executive offices (Governor/Lt. Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, U.S. Senators) by ranked choice voting. Voters rank candidate in order of preference: 1, 2, 3, etc. If nobody wins over 50% in the first count, the last place candidate is eliminated and that candidate's first choice ballots are distributed to their second choice. This instant runoff process continues until a candidate receives over a majority of votes. Under winner take all elections, voters have the incentive to vote for a lesser evil rather than their most favored candidate because they are afraid it would help the candidate the like the least. Instant runoff voting enables voters to vote for their first choice without fear of helping the candidate they most oppose.

FULL PUBLIC CAMPAIGN FINANCING

Enact the Clean Money bill for full public campaign financing.

END CORPORATE PERSONHOOD AND THE MONEY IS SPEECH DOCTRINE

Memorialize the US Congress to support House Joint Resolution 29, the We The People Amendment, an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to establish that only human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights, including the right to vote, and that money is property, not protected speech. This amendment would repeal the Buckley v. Valeo, Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC decisions. 

BALLOT REFORM

One page for each office or ballot proposition. Random ordering of candidates on each page. One ballot line for each candidate with all party endorsements on that line. A voter guide mailed to all registered voters, including sample ballots and statements from each political party and each candidate of up to 250 words.

100% VOTER REGISTRATION

Make it is the responsibility of state government to register all qualified voters, as over 30 nations do. Automatic voter registration is one of the most powerful predictors of high voting turnout levels. U.S. voter turnout is among the lowest in the world. In 2012, New York State ranked 44th in the United States in voter turnout. 

NO TO TOP-TWO PRIMARY SYSTEM

Senator Schumer and corporate elites have been promoting the top-two primary system. A top-two primary is an all-parties primary in which only the top two finishers stay on the ballot for the general election, even if they are from the same party. The top-two primary is an anti-democratic system that is designed to eliminate independent third party challengers to the two-party-system of corporate rule. It was designed by elites to eliminate independent challenges to the two-party system in the primary election, before the general election campaign begins. In Louisiana, Washington state, and California where it has been used, it has very effectively eliminated independent third party candidates from general election ballots.

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