Constitutional Amendment Creating Public’s Right to Know

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(Original Signature of Member)

H. J. RES. _______________

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to clarify the accountability of Magistrates and Officers and the Public’s Right to Know.



The CITIZENS of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, through Senator/Congressman ____________________ introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on ________________


Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to affirm All power residing originally in, and being derived from, the people, all the magistrates and officers of government are their substitutes and agents, and at all times accountable to them. Government, therefore, should be open, accessible, accountable and responsive. To that end, the public’s right of access to governmental proceedings and records shall not be unreasonably restricted.


Resolved by the CITIZENS of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA and presented to the House of Representatives and the Senate of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within twelve [12] months after the date of its submission for ratification:


“SECTION 1. We the people who ordain and establish the rights protected by the Constitution of the United States to be the rights of natural persons.

“SECTION 2. All ballot counting must be done using publicly-witnessed precinct-based Hand-Counted Paper Ballots (HCPB) that are hand-marked.

“SECTION 3. No state shall be eligible to receive federal funding in any amount or form absent the State implementing SECTION 2., of this Amendment.

“SECTION 4. Nothing contained herein shall be construed to limit the people’s rights of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, free exercise of religion, freedom of association and all such other rights of the people, which rights are inalienable.”.

5 Responses to “Constitutional Amendment Creating Public’s Right to Know”

  1. Susan

    Thanks, am reading and thinking!
    I just posted the following in another thread so thinking about that because my experience clearly shows that there is a need to be aware of possible way to implement a law and how policies and procedures are written. But, a big Thank You!

    It is my position on how elections should be conducted on a national election holiday. I am not certain which day of the week would be best. (note, I just saw your post, re Wed. I admit I really am open to any day as long as it is a national holiday and there is some provision for those that must work on those days to be able to get to the polls. Having precincts of 1,000 voters or less would do much to make certain lines and the wait to vote is reasonable. Also, I would like to see a clear right to vote statement and not just a dependence on the interpretation of other amendments. Again, Thank You!)

    My position/statement;
    The public should be able to witness their votes being counted so that they know the vote count is accurate and the election outcome is the true vote of the people. The only way to do this is with Hand-Counted Paper Ballots counted two times at the precinct the night of the election by two different and diverse teams of observers and counters representing all parties on the ballot, video streamed and recorded by a minimum of two different devices & individuals and publicly observable by all persons that would like to witness the vote counting. There is accounting for all ballots and the number of ballots counted must match the number of voters voting that day. Any “spoiled” ballots will also be noted and accounted for. Ballots will be placed in a clear ballot box that is clearly observable by all election officials on duty during the voting day. It will also be under video surveillance by a minimum of two devices and be flanked by poll observers on each side. Precincts should be at 1,000 voters or less.


  2. Susan

    I shared the above with another working with election/voting integrity and received the following response, fyi,

    “SECTION 2. All ballot counting must be done using publicly-witnessed precinct-based Hand-Counted Paper Ballots (HCPB) that are hand-marked. Ballots must be counted at the polling site, on Election Night before the ballots
    leave the public sight. Hand counting must be done by teams of at least 2 persons with representatives of every party (or every position, in the case
    of Propositions) on the ballot allowed as observers of each counting team. Results must immediately posted at each polling site for the public to see.

    • Formerly Nobody Important

      @misteredspock, you can edit the document if you want. I would paste the text into a text document, remove the extra returns and then copy and paste that into the document.

      I made this editable by all users. If it is abuse, shrug…