Fixing America’s Democracy
If the 2016 Presidential Primaries have taught us anything, it’s that America’s democracy is in a state of complete disarray, both with respect to how political campaigns are funded, and with respect to how our elections are actually run. In Arizona and New York, there were serious allegations of incompetence and/or intentional voter disenfranchisement. In other states, there have been reports of voters being removed from voting lists, voters being forced to stand in line for hours, and other barriers arising that have interfered with the ability of American citizens to have their votes counted.
To remedy this, American Millennials is calling on the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that will establish both common sense campaign finance reforms, as well as a Voters’ Bill of Rights.
Modernizing & Legitimizing Our Elections
One of the most important things we need to do to fix our democracy is remove the very ugly roll that money plays in our elections. In the wake of the Supreme Court case Citizens United, our democracy has effectively transformed into an oligarchy, where the winning candidates are oftentimes beholden to the interests and influence of the wealthy elite who finance their campaigns. This arrangement has consequently resulted in the American campaign finance system being little more than a mask of legitimacy designed to distract from (and mask) the legalized corruption of our democratic processes.
Fortunately, we now live in an era where money doesn’t need to play a significant role in our democracy.
To fix the problems created by Citizens United, and other court cases that have blurred any distinction between money and free speech, we’re proposing a legislative solution designed to achieve the following goals:
- The design and maintenance of a national campaign platform application that provides all candidates with:
- Free website hosting
- Free video hosting
- Free space in printed literature distributed to voters who lack access to the online campaign platform
- Free eCommerce gateway for campaign donations
- The design and maintenance of an online voting system that will give voters the ability to:
- Vote from the comfort of their own homes with interactive ballots, or vote in person at a registered polling location
- Verify their votes have been correctly counted
- Change party affiliation
A Voters’ Bill of Rights
In addition to modernizing our elections with the tools necessary to make political campaigns less expensive, and our elections more secure, American Millennials is also asking Congress to pass a Voters’ Bill of Rights.
This legislation should be designed to achieve the following goals:
- Establish voting as a fundamental right of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents
- Require all governmental entities that run elections to provide verifiable, auditable elections results, both electronically and with a physical paper trail
- Place a cap on campaign donations
- Ban the use of SuperPACs
- Ban the use of partisan gerrymandering, and require all election commission positions to be non-partisan in nature
- Establish Election Day as a National Holiday
- Provide states with the ability to easily implement Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) and Proportional Representation (PR)
- Establish a nationwide system of full public financing for all ballot-qualified candidates.
- Require broadcasting corporations that license our public airwaves to provide commercial-free airtime for debates, and free time for all ballot-qualified candidates and parties.