In the aftermath of the elective process, I am deeply concerned about the intentional and unintentional manipulation of the electorate through paid advertising, poll taking and election night projections. In wake of the drama and excesses of the election, I would like to suggest that public interest advocates search for ways to:
- Lay a legal base for subsequent libel actions by parties suffering from campaign lies.
- Limit the amount of advertising permitted on behalf of candidates or propositions, or require the media to provide free time to explain the opposing sides of issues.
- Shorten the election period.
- Close the loopholes in the campaign funding laws which allow unlimited resources to be used on behalf of candidates or propositions.
- Reduce or balance the impact of polls, as the polls tend to strongly influence or even predetermine the election results.