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Senate Committee on Rules and AdministrationIntroducedJanuary 22nd, 2013
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Clean and Fair Elections Act
A bill to strengthen our Nation's electoral system by ensuring clean and fair elections.
Clean and Fair Elections Act - Expresses the sense of the Senate with respect to congressional attention to elections and voting, including concerning: structuring election administration and campaign finance systems so that the interests of the American public are the first priority; greater transparency and an end to anonymous political spending by shadow groups and special interests; disclosure of campaign contributions in a searchable, public online database, safeguarding the right to vote, including by prohibiting deceptive and misleading efforts to prevent voters from exercising the franchise; streamlining voting procedures; passage of legislation that includes expanded absentee voting, mandatory early voting periods, and voter registration reforms; ensuring that local election officials have working voting systems that are accessible, secure, and easy to use; state plans to reduce lines at polling places and provide additional flexibility in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency; and enforcement of the guarantees of the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 so that all Americans are able to vote and have their votes count without discrimination.
Americans, in general, are disillusioned by the current state of government in the U. S. Special interests and the wealthy control the flow of money into the pockets and war chests of politicians. Voters have decided that their votes really don't matter and it has been transformed into voter apathy. Voters don't seem to have any sense of what is going on in Washington depending on the short snippets of information they may receive through television news or other similar media sources. Although they complain about things in Washington, Albany, or their hometown boards they do virtually nothing about it. Politicians may speak out about voter apathy, but in truth, they depend on it. As a result, votes go to the highest bidder. This bill should be a "no-brainer" and yet it appears to have little, if any, traction. So, instead of having real statesmen/women guiding the course of our country, we end up with an individual like Trump who does nothing but tell people what they want to hear. We have no one to blame but ourselves.