As we support the struggles of the Iranian people to have their voices heard and their votes counted, we must ensure the same for voters in the United States, so we can elect leaders who work for the good of all people and who strive for peace and justice in the United States of America and around the world.
Two bills before Congress in June 2009 will help move our nation to clean, honest, and fair elections in the U.S. and curb spending on campaigns: HR 2894, the Holt “Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2009,” and HR 1826 and S 751-752, the Fair Elections Now Act (FENA).” See Thomas for the complete text of both bills and Unitarian Universalists for Clean, Honest and Fair Elections for additional information.
AIWs [Actions of Immediate Witness] for earlier versions of these bills were endorsed at UUA [Unitarian Universalist Association] General Assemblies in 1998, 2000, and 2004. This is the first year that the updated versions of the bills have a chance of being passed into law.
Unitarian Universalists around the country could make a significant contribution to the success of this needed election reform legislation. There are currently 77 cosponsors of the “Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2009,” and 55 cosponsors of the “Fair Elections Now Act.” We need many more cosponsors of both bills to ensure timely passage.
Our support for HR 2894 (the Holt bill) includes advocacy for the following changes to strengthen the bill:
With hope that these concerns can be addressed, we endorse passage of the Holt bill THIS YEAR because the key elements we support will provide critically needed reform of our federal election systems before the 2010 elections.
Because use of the democratic process is a cherished fundamental principle of Unitarian Universalism, the 2009 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association urges
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.
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