Higher levels of government should provide adequate resources when mandating functions to lower levels of government.
Services should be implemented and operated by the level of government that can most appropriately and efficiently deliver them.
Policymakers should establish and enforce uniform standards to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process.
States should create a transparent and nonpartisan redistricting process.
Qualified candidates should receive free or significantly discounted media advertisements. They should also receive reduced postage for mailings.
Federal, state, and local governments should maintain substantial penalties for violations of campaign finance laws.
Policymakers should expand disclosure requirements for all funds spent on elections or ballot initiatives.
Policymakers should enact and update public financing systems for elections. This includes increasing matching funds, particularly for small donations.
When economic conditions permit, states should accumulate budget reserves adequate to maintain services during recessions.
Deficit-reduction efforts should avoid cuts in programs that serve low- and moderate-income populations.