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Government and Election Reform

Our Values
Transparency, compassion and careful planning are essential to a full and functioning democracy.

We support wide participation in the process by citizens and a rejection of the corrosive influence of corporate money on our government.

We regard voting to be a right, not a privilege.   Americans should be able to register to vote, have an opportunity to cast their ballot without intimidation or requirements that have the effect of disenfranchising of any demographic.

We strongly support a level-playing field for all potential candidates, incumbent or challenger.

Local, state, and federal governments should respect decisions of the Native American Nations and tribal governments, affirm their treaty rights, and oppose attempts to diminish their sovereignty and cultures.

We believe in restoring the ethic of public service in all activities of government.

Lawmakers must not adopt unfunded mandates.

2014 Policy Priorities
U.S. Senate: Fix rules that allow abuse of the filibuster. Require that filibusters for all purposes be based on continually speaking from the floor without recess, and eliminate “holds.”

U.S. Congress, Washington State Legislature: Establish a strong system to publicly finance elections.

Federal Government, Washington State, Whatcom County Auditor: Ban electronic voting machines without a voter-verifiable paper ballot, and at least a sample mini-audit of the accuracy of the machine counts.

Federal Government, Washington State, Whatcom County and city governments: Assure greater transparency when governments at all levels are writing agreements or legislation.