Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement
(CCI) believes in the right of local citizens to play a part in
the decision making processes that affect their lives. Through our
work on multiple issues, members have found that more and more big
money and special interests are exercising undue influence on our
state's election process and legislative policies. That is why Iowa
CCI members voted to make Voter-Owned Iowa Clean Elections (VOICE) a priority for the
Members of Iowa CCI want VOICE:
- To restore the principal of “one
person, one vote” to elections.
- To reduce the influence of special interest
money and wealthy contributors on candidates, elections, and lawmaking.
- To free candidates from the money chase
so they can concentrate on issues and spend time with constituents.
- To give qualified people an equal opportunity
to run for office - returning our democracy to the hands of a
- To reduce the escalating cost of running
- To restore public confidence in our government
- To restore meaning to voting and political
“We need to get the influence of big money out of politics so that we can have policies that benefit the common good rather than a select few."
- Judy Lonning, CCI member
“There are [several] ways that I see everyday Iowans being left without a voice in the policies that affect them deeply, and it is time for change. I see VOICE as a crucial step in everyday people gaining access to their government.”
- Robin Ghormley, CCI member
“In other states with clean elections, more people are voting, more candidates are running, and the candidates are spending more time with voters talking about issues important to them. That’s why we are working to pass VOICE – it’s time for people to matter more, and money to matter less.”
- Diane Krell, CCI member
"Now is the time to pass
a Voter-Owned Clean Elections law in Iowa. Iowans shouldn't have
to wonder who our elected officials are going to listen to - their
constituents or a big-money donor. We need a system to restore fairness
and balance to elections and politics in Iowa."
- Charlie Day, CCI member
Learn more about CCI and the issues we work
on - www.iowacci.org