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  •  Well, here is a novel idea (1+ / 0-)
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    Let everyone vote. If you can fill out a voter registration card, you get to vote. Here's the catch: your first three votes are advisory only, they don't count.  And if you miss two elections in a row, the next one you vote in doesn't count.

    So, a five year old can register if she can write her name. If her parents take her to the polls faithfully every election while she grows up, her votes start to matter when she is around 18. If she is unusually precocious and can fill out the voter registration card when she is two years old, then her votes begin to count when she is 14 (remember, unusually precocious...)

    Someone enters the country, they vote. If they stay long enough, their vote counts. So, basically after 12 years of participating in our democracy, they become citizens.

    Some one gets tossed in the slammer, misses a couple of elections, they have to vote at least once, then their full franchise is restored the next time they go to the polls.

    And, if you don't care enough to get your butt down to the polls, then your vote doesn't count until you finally do show up consistently.

    This could be implemented on every level: state, county, school board, national and so on. Might adjust the number of votes by the jurisdictional level (may only require one or zero city elections before the next one counts).

    Yes, I know, doesn't have a snowball's chance in hell of becoming the law of the land.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Thu Jun 13, 2013 at 01:42:33 PM PDT

    •  Hoo boy (1+ / 0-)
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      And if you miss two elections in a row, the next one you vote in doesn't count.
      Republicans would be scheduling separate elections for dog-catcher.

      "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

      by nosleep4u on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 12:53:08 PM PDT

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      •  The idea is to track jursidictions (0+ / 0-)

        Missing a vote in your local dog catcher's race will only affect your franchise in the next local dog catcher's race, or perhaps the next municipal race. Miss two state elections, your next state election is advisory only, but your federal vote still counts.

        Sorry that wasn't clear.

        Part of the idea is to encourage people to get to the polls. They can't just show up when things are interesting or scandalous. If people sit out elections because they think none of the candidates are worth voting for, they can't immediately jump back in just because they get all riled up about some issue.

        Might encourage a different mind set about politics.

        Like I said: no chance in hell...

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 03:01:18 PM PDT

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