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13 Nov 2020

Declaration for American Democracy

Coalition of 170+ civil society groups call on Biden Administration to tackle democracy reforms on day one of new administration

"Day one is for democracy: A blueprint for the next administration," 12 Nov 2020

The Declaration for American Democracy has six core demands for our democracy:

  • Our democracy must include the freedom to vote and have that vote counted.
  • Our democracy must be honest.
  • Our democracy must have meaningful participation.
  • Our democracy must provide transparency into our government and our elections.
  • Our democracy must be responsive.
  • Our democracy must uphold checks and balances.

... The next president should:

  • direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology to apply its expertise in developing voluntary cybersecurity guidelines for other types of infrastructure to doing the same for election systems...
  • commit to requiring that any member of his administration who is a beneficiary of a discretionary trust disclose all of its holdings...
  • direct the Justice Department to work with the Federal Election Commission and other relevant agencies to: (1) determine the incidence of foreign money being spent directly or indirectly in connection with U.S. elections, and (2) issue recommendations to help prevent political spending by U.S. corporations (including shell corporations) that are controlled by foreign entities or have an appreciable amount of foreign ownership...
  • issue an executive order requiring contractors vying for federal projects to disclose any contributions to candidates, parties or third-party political groups over a specific dollar amount in the two years prior to submitting the bid.