Jerry Brown on Government Reform
Pilot program for all-mail-in ballots
Excerpts from Legislative Counsel's Digest:
Status:Concurrence vote passed House, 47-29-3; passed Senate 24-8-8; approved by Governor 9/26/14
- This bill would, until 2020, authorize San Diego County to conduct, as a pilot program, an all-mailed ballot special election to fill a congressional or legislative vacancy.
The bill would also authorize the county to process vote-by-mail ballots beginning 10 days before the election.
OnTheIssues Explanation: The states of Washington, Colorado and Oregon require all of their elections to be run entirely by mail. California is experimenting with the same idea in this bill, recognizing that a growing number of Californians
prefer to vote-by-mail anyway. The "10 day" provision allows counting to begin before election day, to address the problem that several races were decided a week after election day, due to counting starting on election day.
Source: California legislative voting records: AB 1873
, Sep 26, 2014
2010: high civil discord threatens democracy's legitimacy
Pres. Carter said in 2010, "Obama suffer from the most polarized situation in Washington that we have ever seen--even maybe than the time of the initiation of the war between the states."
Six months after a comeback victory in 2010, Gov. Jerry Brown
of California was echoing his old rival Jimmy Carter: "We are at a point of civil discord, and I would not minimize the risk to our country and our state. We are facing a regime crisis. The legitimacy of our very democratic institutions is in question."
Source: Suicide of a Superpower, by Pat Buchanan, p. 7
, Oct 18, 2011
Forced legislators to comply with campaign disclosure laws
As Attorney General, Brown forced legislators to comply with campaign disclosure laws and exposed President Nixon's use of falsely notarized documents to improperly earn a large tax deduction. Before Watergate, Brown authored the Political Reform Act of
1974, which was overwhelmingly adopted by the voters of California. This law established some of the nation's toughest regulations governing campaign disclosure and lobbyist activities.
Source: 2010 Gubernatorial campaign website, jerrybrown.org
, Nov 2, 2010
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