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Howie Hawkins on Government Reform

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Voter suppression policies need to be reversed

We do not have real political democracy, let alone economic democracy. To have a democratic society, we need to restructure government and elections. Voter suppression policies need to be reversed, starting with restoring the pre-clearance provisions of the Civil Rights Act. We would put in place automatic voter registration, same-day registration, extended voting days, Election Day as a National Holiday, and other reforms, including mandatory voting (vote or pay a moderate fine) as practiced in Australia, Belgium, and much of Latin America, with a None of the Above option that would trigger a new election if it wins.

Ordinary people have little power over the government decisions that affect their lives. In addition to improving the elections to representative offices, we will campaign for a participatory direct democracy at the base of society. We will campaign for a grassroots democracy based on community assemblies open to all citizens like New England Town Meetings.

Source: 2020 Presidential Campaign website HowieHawkins.us , May 19, 2019

Broadcast debates for all ballot-qualified candidates

Source: 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness , Nov 1, 2006

Supports publicly financed campaigns

Q: What does Hawkins think of campaign finance reform?

A: Supports campaign finance reforms and Publicly Financed Campaigns to allow regular working people to get into office, not corporate-financed candidates.

Source: Email interview on 2006 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 1, 2006

Abolish the Electoral College; support IRV

Abolish the Electoral College-Direct election of the President by majority vote through Instant Run-Off Voting. Proportional Representation in Congress-Representation for each party in proportion to the vote it receives.
Source: 2006 Senate campaign website, hawkinsforsenate.org, “Issues” , Jun 30, 2006

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CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
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