Trustee Election
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Winning Issue » ELECTION PROCEDURES


During the past few years, several states have adopted policies and laws which restrict the registration of voters, the time available to cast a ballot, and the type of identification needed to do so. In the 2012 Presidential election, more than 5 million voters experienced wait times exceeding one hour, while another 5 million waited up to an hour to exercise their right to vote. Minorities waited about twice as long as their peers. These laws and policies have made it significantly more difficult for students, those with disabilities, minorities and elderly citizens to exercise their most basic constitutional right. The governors and legislators of these states claim these laws were passed to prevent voter fraud and protect election integrity. They also say that identification is required for many purposes other than voting, so it is logical to require voters to show a picture ID at the polls. Critics claim the purpose of these laws is to suppress and discourage certain groups of people from voting. They say extensive studies have proven that voter fraud does not exist. That is, unless one considers 31 fraudulent votes out of the one billion ballots cast since 2000 to be enough justification for voter suppression laws that deny many millions the vote. Studies show that about 11% of all Americans eligible to vote do not have the type of identification these states require. Until 2013, these new photo ID laws were prohibited until our Supreme Court invalidated Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, saying there is no longer a need for the protections of this section. Within days and weeks of its decision, several states passed restrictive voter laws that had been judged illegal before the Court’s ruling. Advocates say many people don’t drive cars or have a picture ID, and that poll-tax laws make it illegal to force them to get one in order to vote. They claim these undemocratic voter suppression laws are an anathema to our Forefather’s legacy, saying our efforts should be spent helping Americans vote, not obstructing those who are eligible from doing so.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.411 - Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2015




Options


  • I oppose reforming current election procedures policy and wish to defeat H.R.411 - Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support requiring each state to allow individuals to vote in a federal election on each day during the 15-day period ending on the second day immediately preceding the election date in the same manner as voting is allowed on election day: requiring each state to provide a sufficient number of voting systems, poll workers and physical resources at a polling place used in a federal election to ensure a fair and equitable waiting time for all voters in the state, and that no individual will be required to wait longer than one hour to cast a ballot at the polling place, and wish to pass H.R.411 - Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Candice Miller (MI) and/or Rep. Steve Cohen (TN), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support requiring each state to allow individuals to vote in a federal election on each day during the 15-day period ending on the second day immediately preceding the election date in the same manner as voting is allowed on election day: requiring each state to provide a sufficient number of voting systems, poll workers and physical resources at a polling place used in a federal election to ensure a fair and equitable waiting time for all voters in the state, and that no individual will be required to wait longer than one hour to cast a ballot at the polling place, and wish to pass H.R.411 - Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Candice Miller (MI) and/or Rep. Steve Cohen (TN), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Candice Miller (MI) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting her to favorably consider passing H.R.411 - Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2015. If more than $1,000 has been pledged, the campaign committee of sponsor Rep. Steve Cohen (TN) will be unconditionally awarded 10% of these funds.

Legislation: H.R.411 - Streamlined and Improved Methods at Polling Locations and Early (SIMPLE) Voting Act of 2015
Sponsor: Rep. Steve Cohen, TN
Status: House Administration Committee
Chairman: Rep. Candice Miller, MI


If elected as a trustee, Public Citizen will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to advocate for uniform election standards which ensure that voting is free, fair and accessible for all Americans.

Since 1971, Public Citizen has served as the people’s voice in the nation’s capital, ensuring that all citizens are represented in the halls of power. Public Citizen is a nonprofit organization that does not participate in partisan political activities or endorse any candidates for elected office. It accepts no government or corporate money – relying on foundation grants, publication sales and support from its 300,000 members. For four decades, it has championed citizen interests before Congress, the executive branch, agencies and the courts. Public Citizen has successfully challenged the abusive practices of the pharmaceutical, nuclear and automobile industries -and many others. It advocates against undemocratic trade agreements that advance the interests of mega-corporations at the expense of citizens worldwide and considers itself the countervailing force to corporate power. Public Citizen has five policy groups including its Congress Watch division, the Energy Program, Global Trade Watch, the Health Research Group and its Litigation Group.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
February 27, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
March 4, 2020