Improved Government and a Better Tomorrow

As Abraham Lincoln said in his first inaugural address, "We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection."

We want to be proud of the way free people govern themselves. In that spirit, we propose the following measures:

1. OPEN PRIMARIES ACT

Every publicly financed election, including primary elections, will be open to all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation.

2. EDUCATED ELECTORATE ACT

A non-partisan Federal Debate Commission will be created to ensure the fairness and caliber of presidential and congressional election debates.​

3. TERM LIMITS CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives will be limited to three terms of two years. Members of the U.S. Senate will be limited to two terms of six years.​

4. ELECTIONS TRANSPARENCY ACT

For any contribution of $100 or more to any candidate, party, or political entity, the donor’s identity must be disclosed publicly.​​

5. CAMPAIGN FINANCE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT

Government may distinguish between corporations and people, and Congress and the states can apply reasonable limits on campaign spending.

6. BALLOT ACCESS ACT

To be included on an election ballot, all candidates will be subject to identical requirements, which cannot exceed 5,000 signatures on a petition.​

7. FAIR DISTRICTS ACT

Each state will form an independent commission responsible for redistricting. Political affiliation can no longer be considered when drawing districts.  ​

8. FAIR REPRESENTATION ACT

Ranked-choice voting will be used in federal elections, and states with more than one member in the House of Representatives will create multi-member districts of up to five members.

9. CONGRESSIONAL RULES

Procedures in the House and Senate will be altered to reduce the power of the ideological fringes and encourage bipartisan legislation and cooperation.

10. CREATING A CULTURE OF UNITY

We call on our next president to form a bipartisan administration, for Congress to sign a civility pledge, for Americans to participate in national service, and for our schools to revive civics education.​

Collectively, these actions will help create a Republic that lives up to the promise of America's founding. We ask our fellow citizens as free and independent people to champion these reforms and pledge their names to this Contract to Unite America.

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© 2020 Neal Simon

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