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  •  Don't you mean we'll ignore your vote in the cycle (2+ / 0-)
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    in which the cheating was done, and require a new and legal election before that empty seat fills or the electoral college counts their votes? Otherwise the crook still gets the seat he wanted. By the way, this one might require a constitituional amendment.

    The plan that makes the most sense here  to me as an amalgam is

    1. Single national registration which does not need tinkering when a voter moves or marries or divorces or in some other way mucks with their name, since the same computer system which issues the card for a registered voter can track it, and SS probably has the address for every taxpayer, with moves, for W-2 purposes, so that voter can be tracked. SS can also find seniors more easily than most. Photo on this card would be good. It may be that jiggering this and the SS card, after a horrible first year, might be the way to go.

    2. Uniform rules which operate automatically per above as to reinfranchisement of felons upon completion of their sentences per court records, and those who are granted citizenship, as part of the paperwork of the granting of citizenship so we don't have those fights about allegedly illegal voters who showed up in DMV as not citizens in year one, but are sworn in before the next election. Also a method for dealing with those whose legal competence is ended, unless the idea is that they shouldalso be able to vote even if they think . . . whatever.  The same rules could and should operate as part of the procedure of a state documenting the death of a person. The state which issues death certificates can require SS and ship a copy along to SS as it does the certificate for itself.

    3.All challenges to voters showing up on the rolls should be addressed to the Federal entity, and not to a state whose SOS or other authorities might fiddle with the complaint to disenfranchise or intimidate voters just before an election. All challenges must be resolved at least six months before the commencement of voting. If the matter is not resolved against voting, the voter gets to vote.

    4. No notice to voters until after the investigation of charges is complete, so that only those who are not in the national system and HAVE BEEN proven to be so can be challenged. Allow a system which does not require people to take days off work or go to faraway places to deal with challenges to their right to vote.

    5. Two weeks minimum for early voting.

    6. Consider mail in voting with lots of Electoral drop boxes as well. Mail in voting IIRC gets higher turnout. Make it a requirement that there are absolutely enough ballots for all voters available in each locale, and then some. Make it a requirement that all machines used in voting be checked carefully before voting and enough backup machines and paper ballots be in place before voting starts.

    7. Issue a voting pamphlet describing everything on the ballot which arrives before voting begins, so everyone knows and can peer at whatever  and whoever is at issue, and perhaps ask questions.

    8. Do not in this system allow two ballots in elections with Federal candidates, but require that all ballots for an election which itself includes Federal candidates and others be issued as a unitary ballot covering both. Less confusion there and less chance of one of the ballots being lost or forgotten.

    9. Make gerrymandering illegal and not just reversible.

     10. Make a past history of misconduct an automatic ground for Federal preclearance anywhere in the country, since the vices of Jim Crow are now countrywide.

    11. Prominent advertising campaign before election about the mechanics of voting, like remembering to sign the envelope in which a ballot is contained, and how, and where the ballots are to be returned, and pestering about how many days are left to vote. No room for local error on notifications or other communications to voters, like the errors which told Latinos this year that the voting date was two days after voting closed.

    12. All notifications and ballots need to be available in every relevant language, even if it is a lot. And speakers of that language available at the Election Commission or whoever so voters who only speak language X will have a human being to ask, with a parallel system on computer run by Election Commission so they can ask that way.

    Make violations of these rules which produce lost voting rights larger in number than the closest race in the state invalidate the election, and make violations of the rules a crime, not just an embarrassment. Disenfranchising crooks cannot be embarrassed.

    •  That IS what a uniform and enforceable national (0+ / 0-)

      system, might well contain.   But I had to imagine a collective "Federal over-reach" head-explosion.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Thu Dec 13, 2012 at 08:28:20 AM PST

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      •  This is for Federal elections specifically (0+ / 0-)

        For which Feddies can set their rules. But the real problem will be outlawing gerrymandering as affecting F elections. Right now it is the lift preserver of the R party.

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