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Oppose Voter ID Laws

Oppose all efforts to implement/restore voter ID laws in Pennsylvania until such laws are proven to be cost-effective and to not disenfranchise or deter voters.

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Implement Term Limits for PA Legislature

Implement term limits for state senators and state representatives serving in Harrisburg.

 

For example, limit each congressperson to two consecutive terms, which would result in 8-year term limits for senators and 4-year term limits for representatives.

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Pass a 4th Amendment Protection Act

Petition the PA state legislature to pass a 4th Amendment Protection Act that reaffirms Pennsylvania's commitment to the 4th Amendment and rejects unlawful government surveillance

 

Note: This is a new national movement sponsored by Nullify NSA. Several states are already working on such legislation.

 

Model Legislation: https://s3.amazonaws.com/TAClegislation/4th-Amendment-Protection-Act.pdf

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Total Public Financing for Campaigns

Reform PA's campaign finance laws such that state-level and local campaigns will be completely publicly funded.

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Reform PA Ballot Access Laws

Reform ballot access laws that discriminate against third party or independent candidates.

 

Current Legislation

 

SB 195 (Voter's Choice Act): http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/billInfo/billInfo.cfm?sYear=2013&sInd=0&body=S&type=B&bn=0195

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Reform Voting Methodology

Reform PA's election laws to adopt a new method of voting that provides voters with the most options and flexibility in choosing candidates. Our current system--which uses a simple plurality vote--is unfair to voters due to what is known as the "spoiler effect". In this system, voters often feel compelled to vote for the "lesser of two evils", because they are afraid of who will win the election if they don't. In other ...more »

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Prohibit Prescription Drug Formularies

Push for an ammendment to the ACA that bans the practice of health insurers using drug formularies to determine coverage of drugs.

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Instant Runoff Voting for Governor

I've seen some people suggest voting reform on here in general terms, but I feel that this is a good specific measure for us to support. We would elect the Governor of Pennsylvania through an instant runoff voting system instead of our current first-past-the-post system. This would eliminate the spoiler effect when electing the Governor. Someone with center-left political views could rank the Green candidate as his first ...more »

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Open Access to Debates

Open political debates to all candidates who demonstrate a modicum of support.

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Open Source Voting Machines

Support converting the state's voting machines to use open source software that will provide the following advantages over proprietary and closed systems:

 

1) Increased cost-effectiveness

2) Total transparency of design and operation

3) Maximum scrutiny of system security

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Open Source Redistricting

Enact a law that requires redistricting to be done by open source algorithm, not by politician, removing the possibility of bias and gerrymandering. The algorithm should build districts around population centers.

 

Possible solution: http://rangevoting.org/GerryExamples.html

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Open Ballot Referenda

Ensure that citizens in every PA municipality have the right to place referenda on the ballot via petitions collecting voter signatures, which would be enacted if approved by voters, thus putting more power and decision making in the hands of the people.

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