Policymakers should establish and enforce uniform standards to safeguard the integrity of the electoral process.
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.
Maintaining trust and confidence in the government requires strong democratic processes and government institutions.
Policymakers should encourage and promote maximum participation in the electoral process.
Governments should require full and timely disclosures of lobbying activities and expenditures.
Qualified voters should not be excluded from voting because of:
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.