election reform

15 petitions

Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Brian Kavanaugh, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, John Flanagan, Kathy Hochul, Carl Heastie, Joseph Morelle, Brian Kolb, Andrew Cuomo, Fred Akshar, Leroy Comrie, George Amedore, Tony Avella, Martin Malave Dilan, Michael Cusick, Thomas Abinanti, Michael Blake, Karl Brabenec, Robert Carroll, Michael J. Norris, David Buchwald, Jeffrey Dinowitz, Sandy Galef, Joseph Lentol, Barbara Lifton, Chad Lupinacci, Tom McKevitt, Clyde Vanel, Latrice Walker, Fred Thiele, Sean Ryan, Kevin Cahill, Didi Barrett, Daniel Squadron, Timothy Kennedy, Patrick Gallivan, Liz Krueger, Kathleen Marchione, James Tedisco

Allow NY voters to change party affiliation at least 25 days before any election.

The deadline to change party affiliation in NY State is over 6 months before a Presidential Primary, 8 1/2 months before the state and local primary elections, and in 2016 before the first Democratic Presidential debates, and before any candidate can be fully assessed based on the issues of their platform. Currently in NY, a citizen not enrolled in a political party cannot vote in the major primary elections. This creates exclusion from elections which are paid for by tax paying New Yorkers. It affects everyone in all 50 states because the influence of the US President and members of Congress elected in NY make decisions of national importance. It is crucial that every New Yorker be allowed time to assess the candidates of each party and join the party that they wish to vote in. The current instructions on the official voter registration form already state that party registration can be changed at least 25 days before the election one wishes to vote in, but a little known and not clearly stated law actually prohibits it. Let's make the law match the instructions - it makes sense to do so.

cary kittner
3,353 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Adopt National Rank Choice Voting Once and For All

One of the biggest flaws in the US election system is the underrepresentation of 3rd party candidates. Even when 3rd party candidates do receive many more votes than usual in Presidential Elections, these votes end up just being that votes that were "stolen" from a candidate. This occurred in the Gore-Bush election (Nader received 94,000 votes from voters that most likely would have voted for Gore) and the Clinton-Trump election (some Sanders supporters redirected their votes to Trump). Rank Choice Voting (RCV) is the potential solution to these issues surrounding 3rd party candidates, whether it is an unfair chance at winning or "stolen" votes. Here is how this Voting process works: When the voter comes to the booth, he will have however many options there are people running (as usual). But instead of voting for 1 person, the voter puts his top 2 choices. These votes are counted, and whichever 2 candidates have the most top 1 and 2 votes are the final candidates. Then, these 2 candidates are voted on and voters may only vote for 1 candidate. So what does this look like? Let us say that there are two candidates A and B each with similar platforms, and one candidate C with a different platform. Also, let us assume that 40% of voters will prefer A as their top candidate, 25% for B, and 35% for C. Through RCV voting, C will still win 35% of the vote, even though 65% of voters prefer both A or B over C. Also, all voters are pressured to choose at least one of A or B, and voters who prefer A or B must vote for both A and B to ensure defeat for C. This ensures a higher chance for 3rd party candidates. By the First Amendment, we the people have the right to petition the government, and if this petition is agreed upon by a certain amount of voters, this voting process must be brought to Congress. If RCV voting is passed, 3rd party candidates will have a better chance at victory without interfering with the chances of like-minded candidates, and also our government will be better represented by us, The People.

Tal D
9 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Sen. Ber, Dr. Jill Stein, D , Maria Svart, Kshama Sawant

Create a Progressive Independent Party

In the course of the last year, we have made incredible strides to uniting for a Progressive Independent Party for the people, please read below for the original petition and see ALL THE UPDATES posted at the bottom as we continue to call for a unified movement. Thank you for your ongoing support! Your signature is still important, please sign and share! Original Petition: Plan A: All progressive parties unite to create the LARGEST progressive voting block in history to propel Bernie Sanders into the White House! Plan B: If Bernie Sanders does not get the Democratic nomination for President, we use our "YUGE" voting block to decide how to utilize our votes for the best progressive outcome possible. Plan C: Unite all parties into a coalition-based party to exponentially grow the progressive movement to all levels of local, state, and national elections to impact the changes necessary to see our common goals in action! The Presidential Election of 2016 has seen support and enthusiasm for progressive politics like never seen before in the history of the United States. The Bernie Sanders campaign has united Independents, Progressive Democrats, Green Party voters, Democratic Socialists, unregistered voters, young first-time voters, and disenfranchised Democrat and Republican voters too. The Sanders campaign has risen to historic, record-breaking heights in fundraising for both numbers of individual contributions, as well as, number of individual contributors, with a mere average of $27 per contribution. The Sanders' campaign is the campaign of the people, for the people and one in which millions of us have been waiting for but had almost lost hope it was possible. Despite making history and fueling unbridled enthusiasm from his supporters, the Sanders campaign has had a plethora of obstacles; an extreme media bias from mass-media conglomerates resulting in a near media blackout during the pre-primary season, ongoing skewed journalistic reporting, and press coverage clearly providing his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton a handicap-lead which has been difficult to overcome. Please join me in asking Sen. Bernie Sanders, Dr. Jill Stein of the Green Party of the United States, the Democratic Socialists of America, the Progressive Democrats of America, to join forces propel Bernie Sanders to the White House and to create THE LARGEST progressive voting bloc the United States has ever seen. It's time! This political revolution is not about one candidate, it's about all of us. We should fight like hell to get Bernie Sanders in the White House, but if Bernie does not win the nomination of the Democratic Party, let's not be unprepared to unite our votes! Let's not dissipate this historic enthusiasm for progressive politics; let's unite for our common causes of social equality and economic justice, to end mass incarcerations, end injustices of police brutality, to restore, protect, and preserve our planet, to maintain a woman's right to choose, ensure equal pay for equal work, raise the minimum wage, guarantee health care for all, and be sure nobody working full-time lives in poverty. Together, we can make a difference! Please sign my petition asking the Bernie Sanders, Green Party, Progressive Democrats, the Democratic Socialist Party, and the Socialist Alternatives to unite our votes and our resources to exponentially grow our grassroots efforts for a better, safer, more loving, cleaner world. #WeAreOne

Araquel Bloss
16,661 supporters