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  •  I agree 100% (MoE+/-5%) (0+ / 0-)

    The current patchwork of laws and rules, not just 50 different states, but differences all the way down to the county and municipality level, make the most confusing environment possible. That confusion opens opportunities for mischief.
    There should be an Executive Branch Agency, like the Census Bureau, that oversees elections, that writes and owns the software that voting machines run on, that publishes that code so that it can be independently verified and that checks up on the systems, every system, every election, after the fact to ensure that the machines were not corrupted. This would take a bit of reformation of the Constitution, since election issues are specified to be handled locally, but that's not impossible.
    The Paper Ballots and the votes they represent should be the property of the Election Bureau (that's us, the Public) not proprietary property of any corporation, as they are now.
    Personally, I don't believe in mandatory voting, many of the people that don't want to vote, probably would vote for people I wouldn't want elected, idiots are likely to vote for idiots, let sleeping dogs lie.
    But making Election Day a National Holiday when all businesses other than essential services are shut down (and those that have to work should get goldentime for it) would encourage many people to get out and vote. Nothing else to do, no work, no big sales at the mall, no reason not to vote.
    And end the day with fireworks and parties.

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