The RULES of REPRESENTATION
PART. I. CAMPAIGN CORRUPTION, LOBBYING
Section. 1. No big campaign contributions allowed:
Prevents favors in return for campaign contributions.
Section. 2. Prohibits public officials from using government resources for campaigning:
Eliminates unfair advantages for incumbents.
… no private enrichment as a result of official actions, or voting in matters presenting a conflict of interest:
Closes the corruption fostering “revolving door” to and from corporate and government jobs and elected office.
Section. 3. Prohibits PACS, lobbying and corruption:
Politicians will represent Citizens, not private interests.
PART. II. ELECTIONS
Section. 1. A neutral body to hold elections:
Removes party bias, exposes new ideas, simplifies rules.
… online voting in each Citizen’s account:
Less fraud, greater accuracy, convenience and turnout.
… uniform election rules in every state and election;
… equal time and equal exposure for candidates:
Exposes more than just rich, famous and party favorites.
… prohibits parties from running the election process:
Prohibits party elites from dictating who gets on ballots.
… prohibits primaries and caucuses:
Prohibits a few states from co-opting candidate selection.
… prohibits campaigns from sharing resources :
Limits collusion; provides broadest pool of candidates.
… replaces gerrymandering with nonpolitical system:
Ends party strangleholds, 90% of incumbents re-elected.
… separates rural, suburban and urban districts:
For accurate representation of common constituencies.
Section. 2. Limits campaigning to 3 months in summer for candidate and referendum exposure and ballot qualification, and 2 months in autumn for campaigning:
Candidates spend more time working, less campaigning.
Section. 3. All candidates and referendum are considered during summer selection season; 5% gets them on the ballot and into the autumn election season;
Section. 4. Prohibits late polling, projections and results until all votes are counted:
Encourages voting and ensures all votes are equal.
PART. III. VOTING
Section. 1. Citizens 18 and over can vote:
Old enough to die for us; old enough to vote with us.
Section. 2. Makes voting mandatory:
Gets Citizens involved in their democracy.
… prohibits 1-click “blanket” voting for a party slate:
Encourages Citizens to be more informed and engaged.
… allows “write in” voting:
For candidates who miss deadlines or gain late support.
Section. 3. Preference and run off voting:
Ensures most popular candidate is elected; majority will.
Section. 4. Abolishes the Electoral College:
Takes power from elites and gives it back to the voters.
SPEAK POWER to POWER
Nonprofits, protests, parties, candidates, Presidents with 2 house majorities, none have solved our persistent problems. Instead, polarized sides concern themselves and us in the petty details of their competing investigations. Valentine puts the solutions we need into written legislation we can demand by reserving our votes for candidates who support ratification.
Women and LGBTs want equal rights and pay. Parents want schools that develop children’s gifts into profitable skills. Un(der)employed adults want similar free after school classes. Workers prefer a $20 minimum wage to welfare. Blacks want a fair policing and court system. Fiscal conservatives want accountable, deficit free government and a single 5% tax. Environmentalists, fishermen, etc want sustainable energy, farming, fishing and forestry practices. Celebrities want an end to the paparazzi; and gun owners would agree to background checks. Our current Constitution fails on these issues. This constitution includes them all, and our foundations and rights.
With inclusive legislation to team up behind, this coalition of left and right voters is powerful enough to dictate the outcome of any election. Add sports, music and movie celebrities, and nonprofits dedicated to these provisions, and this constitution will be easily ratified. Polling will force candidates to vote FOR RATIFICATION or not be (re)elected. Recommend ratification, in person, on social media, post a selfie or selfeo saying “Ratify The Valentine Constitution”, join one of our Facebook groups …