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A star athlete – if injured – will not play to the best of their ability.  A world-class vocalist – if sick – will not perform up to their expected standards.  The same is true with an unhealthy political system, and Pennsylvania’s shows many symptoms of dysfunction.

I believe that several structural changes must be made before we can truly change Pennsylvania for the better.  First, our system for legislative redistricting allows politicians to pick their voters – rather than the other way around – and makes our elections far less competitive.

Second, we lack effective campaign finance regulations and lobbyist disclosure laws.  Political campaigns can raise unlimited amounts of money from special interest groups, and lobbyists can shower legislators with gifts without reporting them.  It is no wonder that many Pennsylvanian families have lost faith that their government is looking out for them.

Finally, our system of voting is not as accessible as it could be.  It is unacceptable that some votes are not counted due to lack of time, a disorganized voting place, or a technological mishap.  Several states have taken steps towards opening the voting process and guaranteeing all their right to vote – Pennsylvania should be among them.

There’s no reason why Pennsylvania’s political process shouldn’t be the best, most accessible, and most open in the nation.  It is time to clean up our election system, and I have introduced bills that I believe will do just that. Senate Bill 532 would, if passed, create a system of redistricting that takes the power out of the hands of the politicians and gives control to a multi-partisan committee whose deliberations would be open to the public.

Check out the rest of the Clean Elections section for more information on legislation I support and my plans to repair the election system in our Commonwealth.

Last updated: August 6, 2013 at 12:14 pm