Clean Elections and Open Government

  • Public campaign financing should be enacted to end the current system of legalized bribery, in which businesses and organizations with interests in legislation fund the campaigns of officials who will serve them instead of the public. 

  • The Massachusetts Legislature should be made subject to the Public Meeting Law and the Public Record Law, which it imposes on other governmental bodies.

  • Instant runoff (ranked-choice) voting should be enacted to let voters express their real choices at the polls without concerns about "spoiling" the race for candidates they prefer over others.  This kind of voting also ensures that candidates are elected with the approval of a majority of the voters, as voters direct their votes to their preferred secondary candidates should their first choices fail to gather enough votes to win. The State of Maine passed ranked-choice.

  • We support a goal of increasing ballot access, so that all legislative races in Massachusetts are contested.  Most years, roughly two-thirds of legislators run unopposed, denying voters the ability to hold incumbents accountable at the polls.




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  • Bruce Hunter
    commented 2019-10-12 00:18:00 -0400
    I agree that there should be an increase in ballot access for transparency.
  • Wendy Whistler
    commented 2019-04-06 15:46:29 -0400
    Love this a lot. Ethical politics is where it’s at. I love you guys! Yours truly and best of luck!
  • yusuf ravat
    commented 2018-10-23 00:59:16 -0400
    SPTRANS – O bilhete único é um meio muito usado na vida do povo brasileiro, seja para o trabalhador, estudante ou até para todos aqueles que precisam pegar transportes públicos para se deslocarem no seu dia a dia.
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  • Howard Berkowitz
    commented 2012-08-24 14:44:21 -0400
    Should this not include support of more extensive financial disclosure laws, as well as continuing to extend anti-conflict-of-interest laws such as the initial STOCK Act? The latter is a start but has many loopholes.
  • Nat Fortune
    commented 2011-10-25 22:26:26 -0400
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  • Nat Fortune
    published this page in Issues 2011-10-25 22:22:48 -0400