AARP Government Integrity and Civic Engagement Principles

The following principles reinforce and sustain government integrity and civic engagement:

Ensure transparency—campaign finance, governmental institutions, and bureaucratic processes should be transparent and open to the public view to the maximum extent possible.

Promote accountability—strong ethical standards should be established and enforced to prevent conflicts of interest and the undue influence of special interests, as well as to ensure the integrity of governmental decisionmaking.

Maximize voter participation—the right of all citizens to vote in free and fair elections should be vigorously upheld.

Provide full and fair representation—legislative district boundaries should promote vigorous democracy and electoral competition rather than incumbency or party affiliation.

Increase civic engagement—volunteer service opportunities should be expanded for older Americans so they can help address the nation’s challenges and enjoy greater engagement in civic life.