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Green Party on Government Reform

Party Platform


Caps on campaign spending and contributions

Comprehensive campaign finance reform includes full disclosure of contributors, caps on spending and contributions at the national and state level as a step toward full public financing of elections.
Source: 2008 Green Party Platform from 2008 Chicago Convention , Jul 13, 2008

Call for the use of Instant Runoff Voting in all elections

We demand choices in our political system. This can be accomplished by proportional representation voting systems such as: All are used throughout the free world and by U.S. businesses, and community and non-profit groups to increase democratic representation. We call on local governments to lead the way toward more electoral choice and broader representation.

We believe in majority rule and reject the present method of election without a majority. Accordingly, we call for the use of Instant Runoff Voting in chief executive races, (mayor, governor, president) where voters can rank their favorite candidates (1,2,3, etc.) to guarantee that the winner has majority support & that voters are not relegated to choosing between the lesser of two evils.

Source: Green Party Platform adopted at 2004 National Convention , Jun 30, 2004

Electoral College is an 18th century anachronism

We believe in multi-party democracy for partisan elections as the best way to guarantee majority rule, since more people will have representation at the table where policy is enacted.

The Electoral College is an 18th century anachronism. We call for a constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College and providing for the direct election of the president by Instant Runoff Voting. Until that time, we call for a proportional allocation of delegates in state primaries.

Source: Green Party Platform adopted at 2004 National Convention , Jun 30, 2004

Expand the process of participatory democracy

Ten Key Values: (#1) Grassroots Democracy

Every human being deserves a say in the decisions that affect their lives. Therefore we will work to increase public participation at every level of government and to ensure that our public representatives are fully accountable to the people who elect them. We will also work to create new types of political organizations that expand the process of participatory democracy by directly including citizens in the decision-making process.

Source: Ten Key Values as ratified at 2003 Green Party Convention , Nov 19, 2003

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Page last updated: Jul 07, 2014