Politics and Government

Robert Steele's Election Reform Act of 2012


Text of the proposed legislation:




Key Points:


Phase I [Implementation in Time for November 2012]


01 Open Ballot Access


Proposed, that ballot access requirements should be the same for every candidate, irrespective of party affiliation. This helps end Two-Party Tyranny. Equal access includes access to debates. This shall also apply to initiatives and referenda, and to primary elections.


02 Make It Easier to Vote, & Count


Celebrate Democracy—Election Day should be a national holiday. Every voter regardless of condition and especially of transportation, should be able to vote easily. Early Voting should be universal. Those who have served a prison sentence should be re-enfranchised. ALL ballots must be on paper and subject to physical re-count.


03 Honest Open Debates


Proposed, to end the current monopoly of the debates by the two-party alliance against independent and third parties, that new independent non-partisan means be found to manage honest open debates, to include third to fifth parties.


04 Instant Run-Off


Proposed, that to ensure the election of a winner elected by a majority, that the instant run-off concept be adopted for all national and state elections. Included is an elimination of Diebold — guarantee Voter-Marked Paper Ballot for All Voting. Other options include Ranked, Approval, and Range Voting, Liquid Democracy.


05 Expanded Debates


America is too complicated to elect one person who then picks their buddies and carries out a “winner take all” purge of the Congress and the Executive. Candidates should be required to name their Cabinet in advance and also post a planned budget, with Cabinet designees participating in Cabinet-level debates.


06 Fusion Teams


The public and candidates are encouraged to incentivize fusion teams where coalition cabinets are formed, and there is an end to the winner take all system of governance.


Phase II [Implementation in Time for November 2014]


07 Full and Balanced Representation


Enact Open Registration; all parties having at least 10% of the voters registering a preference for their political philosophy shall be eligible for assigned districts proportional to their number, and also to a proportional share of leadership positions in legislative bodies at all levels from local to national.


08 Tightly-Drawn Districts


Proposed, that we end the corrupt practice of gerrymandering, replacing it with compact computer drawn districts similar to the kind used in Iowa. All gerrymanders in progress in 2011 must be stopped.


09 Full Public Funding of Diverse Candidates


Proposed, to eliminate all federal and corporate financing of campaigns, and all political action committees while creating a public Electoral Trust Fund (300M citizens x $10 each = 3 billion a year). In passing an honest government would also eliminate the personal income tax and enact the Automated Payment Transaction Tax (APT)) ending all openings for loopholes and lobbyists.


10 No Legislation Without Consultation


Proposed, to eliminate special interest dominance of the legislative process, and to end the practice of passing legislation such as the Patriot Act without its actually being read, and to end all earmarks, that all legislation without exception be published on line in Wiki format, with an easy to understand one-page summary, one week prior to its coming to a vote, to include explicit geospatial pointers for all “earmarks” each of which must be publicly announced and also offered for amendment by the voters in the relevant district at least one week prior to the passage of national, state, or county legislation affecting them.


11 Constitutional Amendment


In addition to all of the above enacted as an interim law, work toward a Constitutional Amendment that places Electoral Reform outside the power of the government; enact Statehood for the District of Columbia; abolish the Electoral College; and re-enfranchise convicts who complete their sentences.


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