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Steve Grossman on Government Reform

Former Chair of DNC; Democratic Challenger MA Governor


Give people a reason to participate in politics again

Unfortunately, voter participation is at record low levels. Re-engaging young people and bringing new voters into the process is critical to the future health of our democracy. We must make politics and public service exciting, relevant and honorable again.

Ultimately, what Steve hopes to achieve as governor is to give people a reason to participate in politics again-to give them the sense that someone is working for them and listening to their concerns and making a difference in their lives.

Source: Campaign web site, Grossman2002.com , Dec 7, 2001

Low voter participation is a “national disgrace”

Voter turnout in our 1998 midterm elections dropped to a mere 36% of the electorate, the lowest rate since 1942. This is a national disgrace.

As a small-businessman, I focus every day on developing products and services that are tailored to customer needs. When I have looked at potential voters as “consumers” and the voting process as “product,” it has been clear to me that as political leaders we have not responded meaningfully to the changing behavior of our electoral consumers. Our product-our voting process-is stagnant, and its delivery is irrelevant to tens of millions of our fellow citizens.

Today, people work longer hours and frequently at more than one job. At home, they care for aging parents and young children. Some consider it a simple task to register to vote and show up on election day. For too many, however, it is an added burden that cannot be realistically accommodated.

Source: Boston Globe, Op-Ed, “Improve Voter Turnout” , Mar 19, 1999

Use mail-in voting, and vote over several days

Political leadership must respond to today’s rapidly changing and more demanding lifestyles by making more imaginative use of innovation and technology. While winning campaigns have adopted technology to expand a candidate’s reach, our national political structure does not regularly use these tools to increase voter turnout.

Knowing that the pool of people able to leave work or a child in their care between 9 AM and 3 PM on a weekday was decreasing, banks created the ATM, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. US elections could experience increased participation by permitting voting over several days or weekend voting. France, Argentina, Ecuador, and Australia are among the nations with a 65 percent or higher voter turnout and have Saturday and Sunday voting.

The mail-order business has seen unprecedented growth in the last decade. Perhaps the millions who shop by mail might vote by mail. Voters in Oregon achieved success in a historic 1996 US Senate all-mail ballot election.

Source: Boston Globe, Op-Ed, “Improve Voter Turnout” , Mar 19, 1999

Other governors on Government Reform: Steve Grossman on other issues:
MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Charlie Baker
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Don Berwick
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Tom Menino
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan

Election 2013:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Solis(D) vs.Villaraigosa(D)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D)
HI: Abercrombie(D) vs.Djou(R)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hoefling(R) vs.Culver(D)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D) vs.Baker(R)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Boren(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Schwartz(D) vs.Critz(D) vs.Wolf(D)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead
Abortion
Budget/Economy
Civil Rights
Corporations
Crime
Drugs
Education
Energy/Oil
Environment
Families/Children
Foreign Policy
Free Trade
Govt. Reform
Gun Control
Health Care
Homeland Security
Immigration
Infrastructure/Technology
Jobs
Local Issues
Principles/Values
Social Security
Tax Reform
War/Iraq/Mideast
Welfare/Poverty

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry

 

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