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  •  this is the practical how, what is the political (2+ / 0-)
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    Dave in Northridge, Wee Mama

    how? When PBO said, "We've got to do something about this," was he serious, and if so, what would the legislative instrument be, or would it just be executive order?

    Barack Obama for President

    by looty on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:32:32 AM PST

    •  Rush Holt (D-NJ) has introduced a series of bills (3+ / 0-)
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      Dave in Northridge, Wee Mama, looty

      This couldn't be done by executive order, but there is ample precedent for federal law governing federal elections.

      Election protection: there's an app for that! -- and a toll-free hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE
      Better Know Your Voting System with the Verifier!

      by HudsonValleyMark on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:46:32 AM PST

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      •  Not just federal elections (3+ / 0-)
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        HudsonValleyMark, Wee Mama, looty

        The feds can mandate standards even for state elections, under the Guaranty clause of the constitution, as long as they don't specify exactly how to meet those standards.

        Senate rules which prevent any reform of the filibuster are unconstitutional. Therefore, we can rein in the filibuster tomorrow with 51 votes.

        by homunq on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:55:54 AM PST

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        •  yes, I was trying to underclaim :) (1+ / 0-)
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          looty

          IANAL, and even if I were, I might have a hard time telling where those lines would be drawn. Some people seem to have thought that even Holt's legislation was an egregious federal power grab.

          I've seen people here talk about Republican opposition to election verification. One big problem I have with that is that, while support for Holt's bill has been disproportionately Democratic, the vociferous opposition often has come from the left. Sometimes even from the Delta Quadrant, if you ask me. Which you didn't. Oops. :)

          Election protection: there's an app for that! -- and a toll-free hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE
          Better Know Your Voting System with the Verifier!

          by HudsonValleyMark on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 07:18:16 AM PST

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