Washington, DC – Chris Carson, President of the League of Women Voters of the United States, issued the following statement after the House Speaker pulled the “American Health Care Act" (AHCA) from the House floor, canceling the House vote:
As election officials and reformers gathered for an annual event in Los Angeles, the goal of upgrading California's elections took on special significance this year in the face of a crisis of confidence in democracy itself.
At the Future of California Elections Conference yesterday, the focus remained on improving the mechanics of elections administration with an eye toward the threat of politics gumming up the works.
California Common Cause has published it's Municipal Democracy Index, a survey of the governance, election, and campaign practices of ALL 482 cities in California with info like:
· What form of government do most cities use; · Which offices are elected; · What voting system do cities use, including the number of cities using at-large, by-district, and from-district elections; and · Which cities have campaign contribution limits and which cities post campaign disclosures online.
We need your help. For months, we’ve witnessed growing anti-government rhetoric in the media and in our public discourse. Accusations of “rigged elections” and “inherent corruption in our political process” have become commonplace. For many, memes have replaced journalism and threats and insults have replaced political debate.