Posts Tagged ‘democracy’

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Voter ID

March 3, 2013

How should we address the anti-democratic moves involving the requirement of voter IDs?
One way would be to join the battle.
Being old enough to remember being required to register for the draft, I would be fine with universal registration of 18 year old citizens. I would be fine with giving everyone over 18 five years to register.
Step two would be to require everyone to vote at least one time out of three. There would be an option on the ballot to vote none of the above for those who strongly don’t want to make a false choice. I would also make it easier for minority parties to both exist and cross endorse candidates. Thus if I wish to form a party to run local candidates, I can endorse major party (or other minor ones) for those races in which this party does not field candidates (or not). The system inNew York does something like this.
Step three would be to make elections easier to vote. Longer periods of voting, including over weekends, and expanded voting options ( I.e., Internet and nontraditional outlets, say where you can buy a fishing license or a lottery ticket) should be explored. Washington state and Oregon have some of this, I believe.
Create a truly non-partisan group to apportion voting. Perhaps even let the voters to select one. This group would only need to be diverse, truly diverse, to be valuable.

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