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    voting is mandatory and failure to vote is punishable by a fine
    I have some experience with a country that has such a system. It also has far more modern methods than ours with satellite linked digital voting systems even in remote areas. Early machines had real flaws in security with almost all the questions about ours regarding software security and such. More secure machines are on the way and they will include biometric ID of voters (this is a country with a national ID card). There is also a holiday for national elections. That has not always meant there is much better politics. In fact it has led to some amusing incidents of popular zoo critters being elected locally (a "none of the above" option). Real vote buying is still a scandal. So, that is not a panacea.

    I would like to see several structural changes for federal office elections in rough order of what I think is importance:

    Required "no excuse" early voting with period, at least a full week, Saturday and Sunday included, and hours set by law with criminal penalties attached for non adherence (no more monkeying about with dates, hours and even places from state and local officials).

    National holiday on what is left of "election day" (since the Constitution sets one) with mandatory "liberal leave" enforced even on private entities (we all know how well those places "honor" veterans and now even Thanksgiving with sales and employees in "blackouts" for leave).

    A "None of the above" option in all elections so that removal of incumbents opposed by really unacceptable alternatives is possible. I'd even be willing to see a hard 50+% line for "none of the above" to win.

    Severe federal criminal penalties to include mandatory minimum prison terms for intentional and/or organized denials of registration or other voter suppression tactics. Do not exempt any official and apply strict liability to election officials such as SoS and local boards. (I would endorse the more moderate voter ID moves in exchange for this real voter fraud prevention)

    There are others, but I think those three would improve participation.

    By the way, Virginia's somewhat odd "year after Presidential" election for top state office was a purposeful effort to do so when only "real Virginians" tended to turn out. If I recall, it was a part of the package to preserve segregation and delay proponents becoming state officials when this was "being imposed" by the federal level. It is a fairly effective voter suppression effort to make sure that an "off year" even greater than mid-term is in place.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 08:09:03 AM PST

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