Rich’s ideas for reforming the election system in the United States, some whimsical, some impractical, some deadly serious.
1. National elections will be spread over two days and every employee in America will receive one shift off during one of those days as a paid holiday.
2. All national offices will be for one 6 year term with one third of the offices being filled every two years. This would not preclude running for a different political office but would not allow more than one term in any particular office.
3. Every statewide/national race will include the option to vote for, “ none of the above” if none of the above receives at least 33% of the votes neither of the candidates may run again for that office and a special election will be held within 45 days with new candidates.
4. Every state will have one state supported debate (state will pay costs and for air time on all public broadcast stations) where the candidates must answer the question asked as judged by a panel of moderators before they may speak again during the debate. Yes and no questions will not be allowed to avoid questions such as , “ have you stopped beating your wife?”
5. Each political ad must identify a website that explains the methodology of any numbers or statistics used and/or the complete context of any opposing candidates quotations used including the paragraph preceding and following that from which the quote was taken
6 Each political ad run by any organization not directly controlled and funded by a candidates election committee would be required to donate an amount equal to the cost of the advertising to a state or federal pool to be divided equally amongst any other certified candidates running for that same office.
7. Any one organization, corporate, union or individual would be limited to one million dollars worth of “ free speech” donations
8. A viable third party would be created in each state funded by 10 million federal dollars for the first 5 years of existence and will be called, “The Third Party.”
9. All primary elections /etc. would be held on the same day or during the same week nation-wide.
10. All political advertising outside of the 90 days before any election would be subject to the same rules as # 6 above.
11. Political parties may be placed on the , “ do not call “ list by concerned citizens. All unsolicited political flyers may be returned, postage due to the originating party.
12. All political ads must include full disclosure of risks of voting for that candidate, just like drug ads.
13. Any elected official traveling to a state other than their home state would be required to reimburse any travel expenses if any fund raising activities take place on that trip.
14. All candidates would be required by federal and state law to divulge where the income on their federal return came from but not the amount.
15. Adopt a parliamentary political system in lieu of all of the above.