Oh, I’ve talked about this before, but it keeps coming up as a major topic of conversation. So, some people aren’t getting the message. I’d ask that you reblog this, cut and paste this, email it, whatever you have to do to all of your friends and family, and all of the elected officials in Washington, DC. They need to know how to fix the whole election problem because it’s obviously not getting through to them.
Here’s what I would do.
First and foremost, You can only register for your right to vote at a government office of some sort. Maybe it’s the Attorney General’s office. Maybe it’s your Secretary of State’s office. Maybe it’s the DMV. Somewhere that is controlled by the government. You have to do it 90 days prior to you actually voting whether it’s in a primary or in a general election. You need to show proof of citizenship, which can be through a driver’s license (unless you live in a state like New York that let’s illegals get drivers’ licenses), a state ID card if you don’t drive, or a passport in order to obtain your registration. Any one of those things, except a passport, which is federally mandated to cost money, is free to obtain (well…a drivers’ license isn’t free, but it’s cheap).
Second, all elections will be held on a Saturday or a Sunday. I don’t care which day, but make it on the weekend. It doesn’t matter if it’s a primary or a general election. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a statewide election, or a national election like what we have coming up in November. It becomes a legal holiday, and ALL businesses must be shut down between the hours of 6am and 7pm, and those hours are for every state. That way you don’t get some states opening at 7am, and closing at 8pm. Everybody does the same thing. And everybody gets the day off work since no businesses can be open during an election. Everybody that votes gets a purple ink stain that will fade after 14 days. No ink stain, means you haven’t voted.
There are to be no mail in ballots. There are only to be absentee ballots because of medical reasons and a doctor’s signature is required. A doctor can only sign if the person cannot leave their house. They would be allowed to mail that in. Military personnel can also vote absentee ballots if they are out of the country, but their ballots must be back at their local election headquarters no later than one week prior to the election.
All voting must be done by one type of machine. That machine must be vetted so it doesn’t arbitrarily vote for one candidate “by mistake” as has happened in the past. If it does, the company is fined $1 million per fraudulent vote. You have to make it valuable to the company that they produce a “clean” machine. All machines must be tabulated no later than 11pm local time. Failure to do that means that the elections officials are fined $1,000 for every miscounted or vote that’s failed to be counted. Again, it’s motivating to get it done. If they need more volunteers, then get them!
You can only demand a recount or take something to court if the end result is within 0.5%. So, if you lose by a couple of percentage points, you cannot bog down the already clogged courts with your silly lawsuit. Be a man (or a woman) and accept a loss.
Any fraudulent voting, voting more than once, or as another person, you are tried for treason and sentenced to life in prison without the chance for parole. And whomever you voted for is fined $1 million per vote that was determined to be fraudulently voted, not to be paid out of campaign funds, but out of personal funds.
There. I’ve fixed it. I doubt there would be any real problems with this system other than people screaming that they have somehow been “disenfranchised” because they couldn’t cheat. Oh well, tough baked beans.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!