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. 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. Government works for the people when it’s representative of those people. Gerrymandered districts do not allow for that kind of representation, so we must change our process of drawing our legislative districts. To that end, I’ve introduced a bill to ban gerrymandering in Pennsylvania.
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. To fix this problem, I’ve introduced legislation to publicly finance campaigns so that politicians can’t be bought by corporate donors. I’ve also introduced a bill calling for a Constitutional Convention enabling us to apply disclosure rules and reasonable guidelines on election campaign finance.
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 toward opening the voting process and guaranteeing the right to vote – Pennsylvania should be among them. To get us there, I’ve introduced bills to repeal our unenforceable Voter ID law and allow early voting, and have fought to fully fund replacement of our current voting machines with platforms that verify all votes using a hardcopy record.
Like our state electoral process, the national electoral process seems designed to dupe voters and disincentivize their participation. To fight for democratic principles, I’ve introduced bills to award the presidency to the candidate who gets the most votes and compel presidential candidates to release their tax returns.
The Death of Democracy: Daylin Leach at TEDxPhoenixville
Last updated: May 14, 2018 at 16:23 pm