Election Law Changes Needed

This is ELECTION DAY (November 8, 2016) and we are off to vote. We have been subjected to a brutal campaign. Junk political mail, broadcast ads and phone calls have been pouring in for months. Most of us are exhausted by it all.

The rules governing campaigns and candidate conduct have not changed for decades. The result is that power and money accrue to those politicians of both parties. They serve their own interests and not those of the people. Many of the elected have never held a job other than an elected office. “Public service” is not what is happening. Moneyed “special interests” are being served.

WHAT IF we changed the rules for the next election cycle? Consider these radical looking ideas. Then, add a few of your own.

  1. No candidate may spend or cause to be spent in his/her behalf of the campaign more than four times the annual salary paid for serving in that office. (Job pays $75,000 annually so the campaign may spend only $300,000.)
  2. All candidates must sign a binding pledge to serve only two terms in the same office.
  3. No candidate may castigate their opponent. The electorate deserves to hear the personal policies and plans explained by the candidate and not as misrepresented by the opponent and surrogates.
  4. All printed campaign material and advertising in any broadcast or social media outlets are similarly prohibited from mentioning the name of any opponent. Promote yourself!
  5. Every candidate must be identified his / her party affiliation. No hiding!

Partisans and party loyalists may think that my proposed new rules are intended to favor one party over the other. That is not true. As a registered independent and keen observer of the today’s election rules and practices, I find myself equally appalled by both major parties and the campaigns of their candidates.

Is there any doubt that politics today is brutally dishonest and rife with excess? Do you share my view that some correction and simplification is over-due? Or, is doing something to change the rules completely out of the question? You decide, please.

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from Amazon.com and on all e-readers. See www.authorbillramsey.com. Follow Bill on Facebook at www.facebook.com/billramseyauthor/
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3 Responses to Election Law Changes Needed

  1. allenrizzi says:

    How about some restrictions on the media? It is not fair to “call an election” on TV based on East Coast returns before people in the West have voted. Personally, I would also favor a two day voting system on Saturday and Sunday (like most countries) and an elimination of the Electoral College system. A popular vote is fairer.


  2. Allen, Agree with most of what you say here. However, if popular vote method were used states like CA and NY would hold all the power. Ours is a fragile republic that is held together by the belief that states have rights.


  3. I would like to see exit polls eliminated and voting results reported ONLY after all voting has been concluded. A limit on campaign spending to go along with a limited campaign period: three months for primaries and one month for the general election campaign.


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