Solutions / Require Election & Campaign Finance Reform
Support Campaign Finance Reform to Prevent Corporate Bribery of Elected Officials
There is a national movement to get public financing for candidates running for Congress – this would get big money out of elections, and allow politicians to focus on their job. It would hold politicians accountable to the people, rather than their contributors. Check out the Fair Elections Now Act to get involved. You can also check out Public Campaign: Clean Money, Clean Elections for other actions.
Use Paper Ballots
Many states in the U.S. still use electronic voting machines even though they frequently malfunction and make it impossible to track the voting record. There’s substantial evidence that rigging elections is possible and has happened because of this.
People and organizations around the country are working to bring integrity to the electoral process. You can tap into their networks to help bring verifiable, paper ballot voting to your area.
- Election Defense Alliance - “Election Defense Alliance is building a national citizen movement for a full-time, full-range campaign to expose electoral fraud and establish electoral integrity in local, county, state, and national elections.” Check out their “Take Action” section of the site to find out how you can get involved in the campaign, join a local group, and promote election integrity on election day.
- Verified Voting - This organization advocates “the use of voter-verified paper ballots for all elections in the United States, so voters can inspect individual permanent records of their ballots before they are cast and so meaningful recounts may be conducted.” They also “insist that electronic voting equipment and software be open to public scrutiny and that random, surprise recounts be conducted on a regular basis to audit election equipment.” You can get involved by checking out their action alerts, signing the resolution on electronic voting, and joining their campaign.
Change the Voting Day
In the U.S. we vote on a Tuesday, which makes it hard for a lot of working people to make it to the polls. An organization called “Why Tuesday?” is working to bring this issue to the forefront – check out their work and spread the word.
To learn more about this go to the Governance Sector.