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The problem:

Legalized Bribery

In Pennsylvania, it is completely legal for paid lobbyists to “gift” (bribe) anything to our state representatives. These lobbyists – from firms like the American Legislative Exchange Council – routinely gift luxury vacations, expensive travel, concert tickets, sports tickets – and of course, endless wining and dining, every session night in Harrisburg. In this culture of corruption, legislators are not accountable to their constituents – only to their donors.

bribery affects prevents reform on every social justice issue that you care about.

The solution:

A Gift Ban

A gift ban would place common sense gift limitations on what legislators can accept. This legislation is not a total gift ban. Legislators could still accept items of nominal value – things like pens, tote bags, or t-shirts – gifts that are unlikely to sway their vote. However, gifts likely to sway a legislator’s vote – items like vacations, cars, tickets, and endless dinners – would be made illegal (just like the 42 other states in which bribery is illegal!)

 
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The Problem:

Gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is the insidious way in which political parties draw absurd legislative districts to their own advantage. Gerrymandering distorts our democracy by allowing for politicians to choose their voters, instead of voters choosing their political leaders. Gerrymandering insulates politicians from their constituents.


The Solution:

Independent Redistricting Commission

An Independent Redistricting Commission would be comprised of 11 people, made up of Republican, Democrat and Independent citizens, that would draw districts using only census data, not voting or news preferences.

 

We're working with allies to propose amendments to the SB 22 (which we do not support in its current form) that has passed out of the Senate State Government Committee to the floor of the Senate.  

We are working to keep intact both HB 22, the “Redistricting Reform Constitutional Amendment” and HB 23, “Redistricting Reform: Independent Redistricting Commission for Congressional Districts”

 
 

The problem:

Voting Suppression

 

In order to vote absentee, Pennsylvanian voters currently need a government approved excuse, and the deadlines for turning in absentee ballots are restrictive and onerous.

The Solution:

No-Excuse Absentee
Ballot Reform

Registered voters can vote absentee without a government approved excuse!

Pennsylvanians currently need to register at least a month before an election and this keeps out potential voters who mistakenly already think they are registered, or who choose to vote less than a month before the election (when debates are happening and political campaigns are peaking).

The Solution:

Same-Day Registration

With a photo-ID, an eligible voter can show up, register, and vote! If their registration is invalid and rejected, then their vote will also be invalidated. Same-Day Registration will increase voter turnout by up to 10 percentage points.



740,000 unaffiliated Pennsylvanian voters are currently locked out of voting in primary elections, and Primary elections are often more important than the general election.

The Solution:

Open Primaries

Open up our primaries and allow independents to vote in the primary election of either of the two largest parties (Democrats and Republicans).