Policymakers should encourage and promote maximum participation in the electoral process.
Qualified voters should not be excluded from voting because of:
State and local policymakers should:
Legislative and regulatory meetings and procedures should promote public participation, be fair, and ensure accountability.
Governments should create and enforce ethical standards for government officials. These standards should protect against conflicts of interest.
Nominees and appointees should be qualified for their chosen roles.
Governments should require full and timely disclosures of lobbying activities and expenditures.
Maintaining trust and confidence in the government requires strong democratic processes and government institutions.