Act of Congress Electoral Act

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xEndeavour

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Amend the constitution and provide for elections

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Electoral Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.

2 - Reasons
(1) To simplify and consolidate election laws into one act.
(2) This bill has too many working parts to include in what has been removed, changed, added etc. There were minor changes to wording and format which I encourage people to cross check with the constitution and the below acts of congress. Where necessary, use a text comparator as well.

3 - Consolidation
The following will be overridden and will be rescinded.
a. Rescinded - Second System of Proportional Representation Act
b. Rescinded - Proportional Representation Constitutional Amendment Act
c. Rescinded - Constitutional Amendment Act December 2020
d. Rescinded - Election Law Constitutional Amendment Act
e. Rescinded - Elections Amendment Act
f. https://democracycraft.net/threads/the-pugbandit-people’s-choice-constitution-amendment-act-february-2021.3591/
g. https://forums.democracycraft.net/threads/special-election-act.1035/

4 - Constitutional Inclusion
Sections 5, 6, and 7 shall be included in the Constitution.

5- Electoral Terms and Limitations
(1) The Supreme Court of Redmont is to act as the Court of Disputed Returns.
(2) A citizen can only sit in one chamber; Where a citizen is elected to both chambers, it will be that they assume their seat in the Senate and forfeit their Seat in the House of Representatives.
(3) Candidates are to make their official political party affiliations known or if none, opt to run as an independent. Failure to identify a party affiliation will result in the candidate being declared an independent.
(4) Each candidate is to be listed separately on the ballot with their party in parentheses by their name.
(5) The entirety of Congress enters “caretaker mode” during an election period. Between the 1st-10th day of an electoral month is the Election Period.
(6) False party affiliations will be excluded at the request of the relevant party leader.
(7) All citizens eligible to vote shall be granted one vote.
(8) Political parties cannot sponsor a higher number of candidates than seats that are up to vote.

6 - House of Representatives
(1) Elections for the House of Representatives shall be conducted through a system of Proportional Representation outlined in this Act.
(2) In order to run for the House of Representatives, citizens need to meet these requirements:
  • Has accrued 24 hours playtime prior to declaring their intent to contest the election on the forums.
  • Is an active participant in the community, in-game, on discord, and on the forums.
(3) House of Representatives Duration
2 Month Term
(4) House of Representatives Election Months:
January, March, May, July, September, and November

7 - Senate
(1) Elections for the Senate shall be conducted through a system of block voting outlined in this Act.
(2) The Senate shall be divided into two classes, Class A and Class B. Class A Senators are elected in January, May, and September elections. Class B Senators are elected in March, July, and November elections.
a. Where the entire Senate is up for election, the highest polling 50% of Senators shall be assigned to Class A while the remaining Senators shall be assigned to Class B.
(3) In order to run for the Senate, citizens need to meet these requirements:
  • Has accrued 72 hours playtime prior to declaring their intent to contest the election on the forums
  • Is an active participant in the community, in-game, on discord, and on the forums.
(4) Senate Duration
4 Month Term
(5) Senate Election Months:
Class A:
January, May, September
Class B:
March, July, November

8 - Proportional System
(a) Once voting has concluded, all votes cast to candidates of the same party are pooled. Independents shall stand on their own and for all electoral purposes are considered a 'party'.
(b) The number of votes the party or independent as a whole received shall be divided by the total number of votes cast to determine the “Party Share”.
(c) The total number of seats being contested shall be multiplied by the Party Share to determine the party’s seats.
(d) All parties and independents shall be awarded a number of seats equal to the whole number determined in the previous step.
(e) Should any seats remain unallocated, the party with the next highest decimal seats shall be granted a seat until all seats are allocated.
(f) The order in which the seats will be distributed to candidates will be determined by their popularity in the election, with seats being awarded to the most popular candidate of the party first, then going down from most popular to least popular to fill all of a party’s seats. If a party wins more seats than it has candidates, its extra seats shall be reapportioned in accordance with point e.

8 - Block System
(a) Once voting has concluded, seats shall be awarded to the candidate with the highest share of the vote through to the lowest share of the vote until all vacant seats are filled.

10 - Special Elections
(1) Congress may motion to hold a special election for a Congressional vacancy.
(2) After the motion has been approved by simple majority, it then must receive Presidential Assent.
(3) Should the President decline to grant assent for the special election motion, this may not be overruled.
(4) If assent was granted, the election shall take place 3 days thereafter, the public shall immediately be notified to allow candidates to campaign and officially submit their intent to run.
(5) A special election shall consist of a 48 nomination period and 24 hour voting period.
(6) Whichever candidate reached a plurality shall fill the vacancy.
(7) In the event of a tie, Congress shall choose between the highest voted candidates that tied.
(8) Caretaker mode shall not be instated as a result of a special election.
(9) The results of a special election will become the most recent election from where another 14 day period will commence.

11 - Vacant Seats
(1) Where a seat in a chamber becomes vacant, the relevant presiding officer is obligated to do the following:
a. Nominate the next winning candidate according to the electoral system used in the election. For the nominee to assume office, they must attain a majority approval in both chambers.
i. Any candidate nominated to the Congress of Redmont must meet all requirements to run for their position at the time of their nomination.​
b. Congress must vote on a nomination within four days of the seat becoming vacant. A special election will be automatically triggered where there are no suitable candidates in the most recent election; 4 days has elapsed and the vacancy has not been filled; or a special election has been successfully motioned.

12 - Removal of Congresswoman/Congressman
(1) If a Representative is no longer fit for office, they can be removed from Congress early by the relevant presiding officer with the consent of four fifths of their chamber (Excluding the individual in question).
(2) If a Senator is no longer fit for office, they can be removed from Congress early by the relevant presiding officer with the consent of all members of their chamber (Excluding the individual in question).

13 - Electoral Fraud
Any player caught rigging/meddling with an election through, but not limited to: the use of alternate accounts, bribery, and or threats.
Per Offence: Courts may order up to $25,000 in fines + issue a temporary or permeant barring from holding public office.

14 - Electoral Fraud Process
Where electoral results are flagged for fraudulent behaviour, the Government will be responsible for contesting the votes in Court.
a. During this period, the former Government will remain in Caretaker Government.
b. Individual votes may be struck by the Court
c. Non-fraudulent votes are to be counted and will continue to contribute to Party totals.

15 - Activity Requirement Process
(1) Electoral Officers will be charged with the task of ensuring each voter meets the requirements as laid out in this bill.
(2) If a voter does not meet activity requirements as outlined in this act, the vote will be removed and the counting will proceed.
 
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HugeBob

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This bill has been granted assent and shall become law pending referendum. A referendum is necessary as the bill makes minor changes to parts of the constitution effecting voting rights.​
 

xEndeavour

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Amend the Constitution

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Electoral Amendment Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) Authored by Secretary _Austin27_, President Hugebob23456 & Representative xEndeavour
(4) Re-proposed with Senate Recommendations, at Senate's request.

2 - Reasons
(1) Staff-managed elections are a thing of the past and now the Government have the power to investigate election results.
(2) Election integrity should be at the forefront of our democratic system. This act outlines a proper way to address voting requirements and how to enforce them.

3 - Electoral Fraud Changes
Subsection a changes to subsection b and included in the Electoral Act:
a. 5.10 - Electoral Fraud
Any player caught rigging/meddling with an election through, but not limited to: the use of alternate accounts, bribery, and or threats.
Per Offence: Courts may order up to $25,000 in fines + issue a ban from holding public office indefinitely.
b. 5.10 - Electoral Fraud
Any player caught rigging/meddling with an election through, but not limited to: the use of alternate accounts, bribery, and or threats.
Per Offence: Courts may order up to $25,000 in fines + issue a temporary or permeant barring from holding public office.

4 - Electoral Fraud Process
Where electoral results are flagged for fraudulent behaviour, the Government will be responsible for contesting the votes in Court.
a. During this period, the former Government will remain in Caretaker Government.
b. Individual votes may be struck by the Court
c. Non-fraudulent votes are to be counted and will continue to contribute to Party totals.

3 - Activity Requirement Changes
The following changes will be made to the constitution:
"II. The right to vote in elections, provided the player has been online within 1 month as the votes are counted."
Changes to
"II. The right to vote in elections, provided the player meets the following requirements:
a.Has been online within 1 month as the votes are counted.
b. Has accrued 12 or more hours of playtime in the last 30 days.


4 - Activity Requirement Process
(1) Electoral Officers will be charged with the task of ensuring each voter meets the requirements as laid out in this bill.
(2) If a voter does not meet activity requirements as outlined in this act, the vote will be removed and the counting will proceed.
 

HugeBob

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This bill has been granted assent and is hereby signed into law. Let is be known that it has passed the 2/3 requirement in the House (due to amending the Constitution) due to the dynamic nature of Abstains.​
 

xEndeavour

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Amend the Electoral Act

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Electoral Amendment Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3)The Act was co-sponsored by: Rep. Consumer

2 - Reasons
(1) Special elections are occurring several times per term causing low voter turnout and disengagement in what has become a hyper-democratic process.
(2) There is no need for such high approval requirements in Congress for someone who has been previously elected by the people at election.

3 - Vacant Seats
(1) Where a seat in a chamber becomes vacant, the relevant presiding officer is obligated to do the following:
a. If it has been 14 days or less since the last election, or 14 days or less until the next election, the Speaker must Nominate the next winning candidate according to the electoral system used in the election. For the nominee to assume office, they must attain a supermajority approval in both chambers.
b. Outside of the above bounds, a special election will automatically take place.
c.
Congress must vote on a nomination within four days of the seat becoming vacant. A special election will be automatically triggered where there are no suitable candidates in the most recent election; 4 days has elapsed and the vacancy has not been filled; or a special election has been successfully motioned.
 
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Austin27

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Presidential Assent

This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 

Hamhamham420

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Amend the Constitution & Electoral Act

The people of Redmont, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:
1 - Short Title and Enactment
  1. This Act may be cited as the “LDV Don’t Care Anymore Amendment ”
  2. This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
  3. This Bill was authored by Mayor LilDigiVert & Rep. Hamhamham420
  4. This Bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Tekkovvs

2 - Reasons

We gon' take it to the Moon, take it to the stars
How many people you know can take it this far?
I'm supercharged
I'm 'bout to take this whole thing to Mars
Now we gon' take it to the Moon, take it to the stars
You don't know what we been through to make it this far
So many scars
'Bout to take this whole thing to Mars
Lift off
Lift off, takin' my coat off
Showin' my tattoos, I'm such a showoff (huh)
I feel the pain and then roll off
I got the whole city, they about to go off
How many mayors with me up and in the aisle?
How many people wanna roll on me now?
Like you know na na na, you know me by now
Know me, know me by now

3 - Unofficial Reasons
  1. Every Congress in recent history has broken the law by having a caretaker mode despite special elections occurring during the Congressional period.
  2. Caretaker mode is silly anyway, does nothing but inhibit the ability of Representatives to serve their constituents.

4 – Terms
Replace:

10 - Special Elections
(1) Congress may motion to hold a special election for a Congressional vacancy.
(2) After the motion has been approved by simple majority, it then must receive Presidential Assent.
(3) Should the President decline to grant assent for the special election motion, this may not be overruled.
(4) If assent was granted, the election shall take place 3 days thereafter, the public shall immediately be notified to allow candidates to campaign and officially submit their intent to run.
(5) A special election shall consist of a 48 nomination period and 24 hour voting period.
(6) Whichever candidate reached a plurality shall fill the vacancy.
(7) In the event of a tie, Congress shall choose between the highest voted candidates that tied.
(8) There shall not be a caretaker mode when a special election occurs.
(9) The results of a special election will become the most recent election from where another 14 day period will commence.

With:

10 - Special Elections
(1) Congress may motion to hold a special election for a Congressional vacancy.
(2) After the motion has been approved by simple majority, it then must receive Presidential Assent.
(3) Should the President decline to grant assent for the special election motion, this may not be overruled.
(4) If assent was granted, the election shall take place 3 days thereafter, the public shall immediately be notified to allow candidates to campaign and officially submit their intent to run.
(5) A special election shall consist of a 48 nomination period and 24 hour voting period.
(6) Whichever candidate reached a plurality shall fill the vacancy.
(7) In the event of a tie, Congress shall choose between the highest voted candidates that tied.
(8) Caretaker mode shall not be instated as a result of a special election.
(9) The results of a special election will become the most recent election from where another 14 day period will commence.
 
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218218Consumer

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Amend the Electoral Act

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Nomination Electoral Act Amendment”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) This Act was authored by Speaker of the House 218218Consumer, Fmr. President George H.W. Bush, and Mayor LilDigiVert (For clarification, Mayor LilDigiVert and Fmr. President George H.W. Bush are not the same person).
(4) This Act has been co-sponsored by Rep. Hamhamham420.

2 - Reason
(1) Vacancy nominees who were eligible to run for Congress but are no longer eligible (i.e., previously active players who lost interest in the server and can no longer meet activity requirements) should not be nominated. This is to ensure that election activity requirements apply to any candidate who is nominated to the Congress of Redmont.

3 - Terms
(1) Add the following to Section 11 of the Electoral Act:
a. “a. Nominate the next winning candidate according to the electoral system used in the election. For the nominee to assume office, they must attain a majority approval in both chambers.
i. Any candidate nominated to the Congress of Redmont must meet all requirements to run for their position at the time of their nomination.
 

Austin27

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Presidential Assent

This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 

Austin27

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Senior Administrator
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President Pro Tempore
Senator
Public Affairs Department
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_Austin27_
_Austin27_
presidentprotempore

Presidential Assent

This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 

218218Consumer

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Moderator
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Public Affairs Department
Donator
218218Consumer
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To

Amend the Electoral Act

The people of Democracy Craft, through their elected Representatives in the Congress and the force of law ordained to that Congress by the people through the constitution, do hereby enact the following provisions into law:

1 - Short Title and Enactment
(1) This Act may be cited as the “Vote Threshold Electoral Amendment Act”.
(2) This Act shall be enacted immediately upon its signage.
(3) This Act was authored by Speaker of the House 218218Consumer.
(4) This Act has been co-sponsored by Rep. Tylxrfied.

2 - Reason
(1) Currently, the expulsion of members of the House of Representatives is practically impossible. Even the most corrupt and inactive Representatives can avoid removal through having a single ally in the House, which is easy to do in a 11-member chamber heavily defined by partisan lines. By slightly reducing the threshold for the removal of Representatives from a unanimous vote to four fifths of the House (excluding the individual in question), we can grant Representatives the power to hold their colleagues accountable while keeping the bar high and still preventing removal for political purposes.
(2) Removing a member of Congress with an 8/11 majority is very, very difficult and likely to occur under only the most grave circumstances: removing a member of Congress with 10/11 members is nearly impossible and eliminates accountability, especially if over one Representative goes inactive.
(3) TL;DR, changing the vote requirement for the removal of House members from 10/11 Reps to 8/11 Reps is a reasonable reduction.

3 - Terms
(1) Section 12 of the Electoral Act is amended as follows:
(1) If a Representative or Senator is no longer fit for office, they can be removed from Congress early by the relevant presiding officer with the consent of all members four fifths of their chamber (Excluding the individual in question).
(2) If a Senator is no longer fit for office, they can be removed from Congress early by the relevant presiding officer with the consent of all members of their chamber (Excluding the individual in question).
 
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Austin27

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Presidential Assent

This bill has been granted Presidential Assent and is hereby signed into law.

 
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