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  •  Perhaps too simplistic (41+ / 0-)

    but I think anyone who reaches the age of 18 automatically should be registered to vote.  That should include felons -- loss of franchise should not be part of a criminal penalty.

    Then, a prepaid postcard available at post offices or designated grocery stores should be available to mail in to the State's registrar to confirm residence.  After that,  a simple matter of a returnable postcard is mailed to each registered person to sign and return to their local registrar to verify address.  Change of address should be as simple as changing one's postal address.  Re-registration in new residence can be as simple.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 01:19:21 PM PST

    •  Sorry -- I do mean (13+ / 0-)

      anyone who is a citizen.

      " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

      by gchaucer2 on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 01:27:55 PM PST

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    •  Take it out of the hands of local tyrant clerks (17+ / 0-)

      And Secretaries of State like Hustead and the lamented Katharine Harris.  Voting should be federally run and automated, not left in the hands of local tyrants and run like a little fief.

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      by Mimikatz on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 02:21:07 PM PST

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    •  Voting Rights Amendment (13+ / 0-)

      All citizens aged 18 and over shall have the right to vote.

      All citizens have an equal right to a timely vote. Sufficient polling places, voting equipment and ballots shall be provided to ensure that citizens may vote with minimal delay.

      The right of voters to a timely vote takes precedence over any voter challenges.


      As sentencing is unequal, with some getting felony convictions while others get only misdemeanors, banning felons from voting violates equal protection. In addition, if someone commits a crime, but wants to rejoin and be a productive member of society, we should encourage them to do so. Restoring their right to vote would be a good step toward this goal.

      I'm all for national election standards, so long as they protect the right to vote, rather than restrict it.

      The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

      by A Citizen on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 04:00:15 PM PST

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      •  And redistricting needs to be done more fairly (4+ / 0-)

        In Iowa, for instance, they have an independent agency that outlines districts where population is the primary factor and districts do not break up cities or counties, except where entirely justified for numerical reasons, but this is avoided if at all possible.

        Some other states have independent citizen commissions charged with drawing fair districts. The less political this redistricting is, the less polarized the outcomes of the elections - so neither party can get too invested in its own extremes.

        If there can be some way to bring that reasonably into the discussion, it would be helpful.

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        by Beastly Fool on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 05:59:31 PM PST

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        •  We tried in Ohio, Beastly Fool (0+ / 0-)

          It was defeated — THIS TIME — partly because Republicans fought it tooth and nail via some underhanded means and partly because the campaign to pass redistricting reform put out a fuzzy message. We'll try again.

          Jon Husted is a dick.

          by anastasia p on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 07:48:37 PM PST

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      •  It has been shown (3+ / 0-)
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        that restoring the franchise is one of the things that makes a formerly incarcerated person feel like he has more stake in his community And you are right: in a country where an equal number of people of each race are involved with drugs but an overwhelming number of the people incarcerated are black, disenfranchising felons is racial discrimination. At least I am glad my county helps people in the local jails for small violations or awaiting trial vote; it has an outside team that goes there to vote people, along with nursing homes and hospitals. I never visited a jail but on election night, I went out with a Republican whose partner had burned out and we voted several people at area hospitals. It was a great experience, especially the woman in the upscale suburban hospital who was from an upscale suburb herself, whose darkened room we approached cautiously very late. She bolted up and told us she had been waiting all day to vote for President Obama because she thought Mitt Romney was the worst and needed to lose.

        Jon Husted is a dick.

        by anastasia p on Wed Dec 12, 2012 at 07:47:26 PM PST

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    •  Voter purge laws as well. (0+ / 0-)

      Some places like Detroit manage to maintain their databases by removing the deceased and otherwise ineligible throughout the course of each year. Others, like Salt Lake County, seem to require removing 5 or 6 figures of voters just a few weeks before election day...

      Also, the burden of proof that someone is dead or otherwise ineligible ought to be on the state, not the individual. If a voter is purged and then given a provisional ballot, then the state should have only a couple of days to PROVE that the voter is ineligible. All provisional ballots not removed by proof of ineligibility MUST be counted for the final vote tallies.

      There should also be rules and penalties (for the municipalities) regarding vote counting and recounting, including time guidelines.

      And the machines MUST be rigorously tested and certified to be secure, reliable and verifiable within 72 hours of election day. Each political Party ought to be able to designate security personnel to watch over the incoming absentee ballots and the machines during and after the tests and throughout the voting process, including every step of the vote counting process. Ballot tampering ought to be a felony with stiff penalties for the perpetrator and the municipality that failed to establish and maintain the procedures to prevent it.

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      by Words In Action on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 05:43:16 AM PST

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