We’ve sent the following questions to every candidate for Governor of Oregon and our state legislature.
If elected I will endorse, prioritize and work aggressively to…
REDUCE MONEY’S INFLUENCE
Establish a voluntary campaign finance system in Oregon that uses public matching funds to amplify the power of small-dollar campaign contributions, to candidates that agree not to take large contributions.
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.
Send to the voters a state constitutional amendment that restores Oregon’s right to set campaign contribution limits and requires full disclosure, in line with what almost every other state allows.
In Oregon, this is needed in order to set a ceiling on how much a candidate can receive from a single contributor, and to strengthen transparency laws for full disclosure of secretive political giving and pass-through donations, so that voters can “follow the money.”
EXPAND VOTING RIGHTS & ELECTION INTEGRITY
Ensure that Oregonians can count on a modern, efficient, convenient and secure voting system. Expand on Oregon’s trailblazing Motor Voter system by streamlining automatic voter registration beyond the Department of Motor Vehicles, through other state agencies.
Oregonians need a modern, efficient, convenient and secure voting system. We should expand on Oregon’s trailblazing Motor Voter system by streamlining automatic voter registration beyond the Department of Motor Vehicles, through other state agencies (for instance, for veterans as they access services, and people with disabilities as they access job retraining).
The participation of voters in our elections is a key fundamental in our democracy. Any action to increase voter participation should be prioritize by the legislature of any democratic government. Rural voters, low income voters, and new voters amongst others can benefit from postage paid ballots.
Safeguard election security while protecting everyone’s right to vote by opposing reforms that would suppress voter participation or create disparities in voter participation based on race, age, geography or other demographics.
Election security, more than ever has become a top priority for defending the voice of the voters. However, election security should not be conducted at the expence of every American’s right to vote, nor invalidate their casted ballot. Election Integrity protects our vote as well as our right to vote.
ENSURE FAIR DISTRICTS & REFLECTIVE REPRESENTATION
Put Oregon’s redistricting process in the hands of a nonpartisan and fully transparent redistricting commission, to allow voters to choose their elected officials instead of politicians selecting their voters.
Redistricting is an inherently political process that must be kept in check. Instead, here in Oregon, we’ve put decision-making for redistricting in the hands of the legislature, where there’s a conflict of interest to draw political boundaries for partisan advantage. Oregon legislators work behind closed doors with their respective political parties, analyzing data hidden from public view. It’s time to put the process in the hands of a nonpartisan and fully transparent commission.
Join with other states that agree to allocate state electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, rather than state-by-state, winner-take-all.
Oregonians across party lines share a value that every vote in every state should be in play during a presidential election, not just those in a handful of swing states, and that ultimately, the national popular vote should prevail.