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Policy Pages: Election Reform, Government Reform

IVI-IPO favors public financing of election campaigns, abolition of PAC and "soft money" contributions, complete disclosure of party finances and lobbyists' expenditures, and prohibition of conflicts of interest by elected officials. IVI-IPO opposes solicitation of campaign contributions from public employees and favors a ban on campaign contributions from vendors and contractors. IVI-IPO opposes patronage and "double-dipping." IVI-IPO supports broadening the Open Meetings Act and strengthening the Freedom of Information Act.

IVI-IPO favors secrecy of voter party preference within an open primary and moving the primary to Mayor June. IVI-IPO supports equal ballot access for independents and minor parties and opposes higher signature thresholds and different filing times than are required for Democrats and Republicans. IVI-IPO supports the restoration of cumulative voting for the election of the Illinois House of Representatives and the institution of instant runoff voting in Illinois.

IVI-IPO favors a seat for independents on the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. IVI-IPO supports appointment of one independent judge of election per precinct, to be appointed by the election officials. IVI-IPO favors merit selection of judges with retention of sub circuits in Cook County.

IVI-IPO supports District of Columbia statehood.

Policies of IVI-IPO

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