Resolve to promote better citizenship, civics education and civic engagement

This creates a commission to study and recommend a model of civics education and public service for residents of the Commonwealth.  The goal is to increase civic awareness and engagement.  Some questions I’ve asked the commission to consider include, funding, the appropriate age for service, and incentives or rewards for participation.

 

An Act to promote better voting practices

This bill would change the Commonwealth’s elections from our current simple plurality system to Ranked Choice Voting.  With Ranked Choice Voting (RCV), voters rank their candidates in order of preference 1, 2, 3, etc.  If no candidate gets more than 50% of the vote, the candidate with the lowest vote count is eliminated and their voters are redistributed to the voters’ next preferred candidate.  This process is repeated until a candidate has more than 50% of the vote.

 

An Act to ensure secure voting equipment

This bill would mandate that all electronic voting machines allow voters to verify his or her ballot before the vote is cast. The Secretary of State currently abides by this practice, but this bill would put that policy into statute.