One of the most basic tenets of a modern democracy is the peoples’ right to participate in their governance through voting. This country has recently seen widespread and extreme attempts to limit its citizens’ right to vote.
It is our obligation to stand together and ensure that the right of citizens to fully participate in their democracy remains sacrosanct. That means the right to vote, the right to be heard on issues, the right to know whether elected officials are improperly trading their votes for campaign contributions, and so many more. It is not easy, but this is the work that is needed to keep this a free and fair city, county, state, and nation. To borrow a phrase, “Democracy is a verb”, and we are proud to be on the front lines, making sure we remain a nation of the people, by the people, and for the people.
Automatic voter registration
Public financing of election campaigns, abolition of PAC and “soft money” contributions, complete disclosure of party finances and lobbyists’ expenditures
Prohibition of conflicts of interest by elected officials.
A ban on campaign contributions from vendors and contractors
Broadening the Open Meetings Act
Strengthening the Freedom of Information Act
Secrecy of voter party preference within an open primary
Moving the primary to May or June
Equal ballot access for independents and minor parties
Restoration of cumulative voting for the election of the Illinois House of Representatives
Institution of instant runoff voting in Illinois
A seat for independents on the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners
Appointment of one independent judge of election per precinct, to be appointed by the election officials
Merit selection of judges with retention of sub circuits in Cook County
District of Columbia statehood
Solicitation of campaign contributions from public employees
Higher petition signature thresholds and different filing times for independents and minor parties than are required for Democrats and Republicans