Safeguard election security while protecting everyone’s right to vote by expanding post-election audits of ballots from the current 3% in Presidential general elections to all state and federal general elections and primaries.
Like every electronic device, electronic voting machines, even the optical scanners used in MA, malfunction from time to time and are subject to security threats and even certain kinds of hacking.
While they are tested before the election, none are tested after the election by comparing the machine tally with actual ballots cast in elections other than in a Presidential general.
In this day and age, a random post-election audit should be performed in most elections, as it is in many other states.
Make democracy more fair and functional in crowded races with ranked choice voting, which allows voters to rank the candidates in order of preference, thereby eliminating “spoiler effects,” reducing negative campaigning, and ensuring that the candidate with majority support wins.
Nearly 4 million Americans live in communities that use Ranked Choice Voting including many major cities and the state of Maine.
Many other countries use it too. As we saw in the recent open Congressional race, when many candidates run, it is easy to win with a very small percentage of the vote. That isn’t democracy.
The mechanics of the reform are simple. Voters simply rank their candidates in order of preference (although this is not required) and if any candidate has a majority (50% + 1) of the votes, that candidate wins.
Otherwise, the last place candidate is continually eliminated, and the votes reassigned to the voter’s next choice until a candidate reaches a majority.
Allow voters to register to vote on Election Day
Election Day registration has been working well in fourteen states, some having it for many decades, including Maine and New Hampshire.
Because our state has passed Automatic Voter Registration, Election Day Registration would not be frequently used, but would be a fail-safe for voters who have issues with their registration.
Support a Federal Constitutional Amendment to overturn Citizens United and to allow Congress and the States to put reasonable limits on campaign contributions and expenditures
The U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United unleashed a flood of new big money in politics by allowing corporations to spend unlimited amounts in political campaigns for the first time in 100 years.
Subsequent rulings have expanded the loophole and now independent expenditures can even exceed money raised by a candidate’s campaign. Because these are Constitutional Cases they need to be overruled with a federal Constitutional Amendment.
Expand the use of public matching funds to amplify the power of small-dollar campaign contributions to candidates that agree not to take large contributions and agree to spending limits
Such systems have proven effective at enabling candidates to run for election, relying on broad constituent support rather than big money contributors.
These programs make it possible for a more diversely representative pool of candidates to run, and for everyone’s contribution to matter.
Protect the public’s right to know by giving public records access to the Governor’s office and legislature
Massachusetts is one of two states where the public records law does not apply to the Governor’s office and one of a dozen or so with no right to receive a document from the legislature.
Exemptions would apply for confidential information, constituent communications, in addition to the current exemptions in the law.