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"I fully support and endorse the Voters Not Politicians and the Promote the Vote ballot issues to restore our confidence in the electoral process. I also support the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact to restore our confidence in the election of President and all-mail elections to both increase participation and improves the quality of choices made by voters."

What we can do now!

VOTERS NOT POLITICIANS 

Proposed constitutional amendment to create the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and authorize the Commission to adopt reapportionment plans for Congressional, State Senate and State House of Representatives districts.

PROMOTE THE VOTE

Proposed constitutional amendment to regulate the timing of issuing absentee ballots, authorize no-reason absentee voting, require a straight party voting option on general election ballots, provide for automatic voter registration, require post-election audits, and other voting changes.


Other things we should do.

NATIONAL POPULAR VOTE INTERSTATE COMPACT

An agreement among a group of U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and the District of Columbia (source: Wikipedia). 




VOTE BY MAIL

At least 22 states have provisions allowing certain elections to be conducted entirely by mail. For these elections, all registered voters receive a ballot in the mail. The voter marks the ballot, puts it in a secrecy envelope or sleeve and then into a separate mailing envelope, signs an affidavit on the exterior of the mailing envelope, and returns the package via mail or by dropping it off. (Read more at NCSL.)


Something else we should be giving serious thought to.

UNICAMERAL NONPARTISAN LEGISLATURE

A state constitutional amendment that would combine the House and Senate into one body of 110 members chosen in nonpartisan elections.



One of the hallmarks of a civilized society is that its member consent to government. We do that because we believe that the decision makers in Washington, Lansing and our county, city and township offices are representatives of We the People. Discontent is the result of a strong suspicion that lawmakers have stopped representing the interest of voters and started to represent the interests of big business and special interests. Election reform may in part be about reassuring us that elections are being fairly managed but are in greater part about reasserting the power of We the People over who represents us.
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