Promote an open governmental system that is representative, accountable and responsive.
Position In Brief:
Citizen’s Right to Vote - Protect the right of all citizens to vote; encourage all citizens to vote.
DC Self-Government and Full Voting Representation - Secure for the citizens of the District of Columbia the rights of self-government and full voting representation in both houses of Congress.
Apportionment - Support apportionment of congressional districts and elected legislative bodies at all levels of government based substantially on population.
Redistricting - Support redistricting processes and enforceable standards that promote fair and effective representation at all levels of government with maximum opportunity for public participation.
Money in Politics - Campaign finance regulation should enhance political equality for all citizens, ensure transparency, protect representative democracy from distortion by big money, and combat corruption and undue influence in government. The League believes that campaign spending must be restricted but not banned. The League supports public financing, full disclosure, abolishing Super PACs and creating an effective enforcement agency.
Selection of the President - Promote the election of the President and Vice-President by direct-popular-vote. Support uniform national voting qualifications and procedures for presidential elections. Support efforts to provide voters with sufficient information about candidates.
Citizen’s Right to Know/Citizen Participation - Protect the citizen’s right to know and facilitate citizen participation in government decision-making).
Individual Liberties - Oppose major threats to basic constitutional rights.
Constitutional Amendment Proposals - In addition to League positions, consideration should be given to whether a proposal addresses matters of abiding importance, makes our political system more democratic or protects individual rights, could be achieved by less difficult legislative or political approaches, and is more suited to a constitutional and general approach than to a statutory and detailed approach .
Constitutional Conventions - Concerned that there are many unresolved questions about a Constitutional Convention. Certain conditions must be in place: limited to a single specific topic, full transparency, delegates selected by population, and voting by delegates not by state.
Public Policy on Reproductive Choices - Protect the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.
Congress and the Presidency
Congress - Support responsive legislative processes characterized by accountability, representativeness, decision making capability and effective performance.
The Presidency - Promote a dynamic balance of power between the executive and legislative branches within the framework set by the Constitution.
Ensure transparency, accountability, positive community impact and preservation of the common good when considering the transfer of governmental services, assets and/or functions to the private sector.