On this day, as we face a federal government shutdown over the fight to protect Dreamers and restore CHIP funding, we are once again reminded of how badly we need election reform now. Our government no longer represents the will of the people. Instead it represents special interests and gerrymandered districts that crush moderation and compromise while supporting only the most extreme points of view.
Election reform won’t come from Congress. We have to fight for this on a state by state level. The good news is that change is possible. There is momentum building, but it needs real grassroots support in every state. In the coming year, I’ll be fighting for some very simple, but powerful reforms in my home state of Massachusetts. My 2018 election reform agenda is:
- Ranked Choice Voting
- Automatic Voter Registration
- Same day registration
- Voter fraud protections, such a paper receipts
- Voting holidays and weekend voting
As I write up more detail on each of these proposals, I’ll link to the individual posts from the list above.
In the state of Massachusetts, there are already bills moving through the House and Senate that could bring many of the above reforms to the state. They need support from our Senators and Representatives, and that’s going to require a push from the electorate to show that we care about these changes.
And this is increasingly true across the country. Voters are finally starting to wake up to the importance of easier access to the ballot. We want to see reforms that address issues such as winner take all results and vote splitting between similar candidates that allow ideologues to win seats that further divide us.