I just wanted to get us all thinking about the big issue that hasn’t been tackled yet. I’d love to hear your comments, and I look forward to discussing this and other, competing ideas at a future meeting.
Constitutional Amendment #28 (PROPOSED DRAFT)
Every election in the land shall be purely publicly funded. No private funds can be spent on any electoral campaign, of any kind, in any way. All candidates and individuals proposing ballot initiatives will be given equal access to the same publicly-owned communication and travel resources, such that the only differences presented to the voting public between the candidates or ballot initiatives will be their ideas.
Every citizen of voting age may petition for access to the ballot for themselves as a candidate or for a ballot initiative of their choosing upon the collection of the legal signatures of 5% of the resident citizens in each of the relevant electoral districts. Every citizen of voting age choosing to cast a vote in any election is guaranteed an equal, counted vote. No election results may be officially certified or otherwise made public until every vote cast has been counted. No voting system may be used that does not allow both transparent tabulation of votes and also simple and independent verification of the certified results. All citizens residing in any given electoral district, without exception, shall retain full and unobstructed voting rights in each and every election held in that district, including primaries.
Candidates, individuals proposing ballot initiatives, election workers, elected officials or any other individuals found to be in violation of any provision herein shall be immediately and permanently disqualified from holding any elected office and also from having any involvement of any kind in the functioning of subsequent electoral contests. Individuals involved in repeat violations shall be subject to trial for the crime of treason.