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realpolitic 02:06 PM on 11/15/2012
This legislation is a carrot, but the government needs a stick. The Republican voter suppression effort did not work in the last election, but may be effective in the next. The GOP will try its damnest to keep people from voting. Their ideas just do not inspire people and they are best are manipulating information and not encouraging ideas and dialogue. Therefore, the federal government needs requirements  Read More...
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Mr Big Ray
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09:26 PM on 11/15/2012
The GOP won't want to pass this bill.
It eliminates their ace in the hole.
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FreeBigWillie
09:25 PM on 11/15/2012
The problems existed in districts with democratic strongholds within republican controlled states. Lawmakers must first address the partisan election officials, who put party affiliation above all else and contrive to gain political advantage by suppressing the vote. A law should be drafted to criminalize their partisan behavior/actions and that would be a step in the right direction.
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09:59 PM on 11/15/2012
Great idea and post.
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FreeBigWillie
12:03 AM on 11/16/2012
Thank you
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Joyce Sobecky Barron
09:42 AM on 11/16/2012
So delaware with a democratic governor, vice president in the wh, senator, congressman ad nauseum is a republican stronghold? Thanks for the info
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FreeBigWillie
10:39 AM on 11/16/2012
I didn't say that or imply that at all. How you reached that conclusion is based solely upon your own connotations.
09:20 PM on 11/15/2012
In Washington state we vote 100% by mail, the only state to do so. No lines, no maniacs shouting slogans, no poll watchers. It works. The one and only downside; if an election is close it takes a few extra days for all the ballots to come in and get counted. Not a problem. Why doesn't someone introduce a bill to convert the entire country to this sane and safe system?
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Tony Twohill
09:48 PM on 11/15/2012
I don't consider that "problem" even close to a bad trade off. I like the cut of your jib Washington State.
09:58 PM on 11/15/2012
I like the idea in theory, but how do they ensure votes don't get....mmm....I don't know, I'm having a hard time thinking like a republican.....stolen, or thrown away, or put in someones car trunk, or however else they might come up with diverting those votes?
03:00 PM on 11/17/2012
Bipartisan vote counting committees.
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ur2nutty4me
09:20 PM on 11/15/2012
There is a general consensus by our government to not fix this problem. If it was not fixed ahter the 2000 and 2004 election debacles you need no other proof. Our only chance would be aforcibly mandated fix by the SCOTUS that understood the Constitution and it's blatant meaning and intent. In others words forget it...............
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Tom S Cedar Mill
This ain't no party, this ain't no disco.
09:14 PM on 11/15/2012
Set a standard maximum wait time and sue and/or imprison the officials who don't meet the goals. Seems simple to me.
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From the Raft
10:23 PM on 11/15/2012
States can not be trusted to be non-partisan in Federal elections. Voting in all Federal elections should be done only at Federal facilities or facilities designated by the Federal Government and the votes counted by the Federal Government.
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surfingbuckeye
Sun, Sand Sea and Surf
09:13 PM on 11/15/2012
Why not online voting like Canada?
09:23 PM on 11/15/2012
We don't have on-line voting. We vote with a paper ballot and a pencil.
But what Canada does have is a federal elections department with the same rules country wide with absolutely no political interference in the process.
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10:05 PM on 11/15/2012
You are 100% right. It will happen eventually. I think one problem is that most of our elected officials are not terribly tech savvy due to their age group (55 ). Plus, Anonymous or some tech savvy haters could find a way to hack the system, no? Have there been problems in Canada with hacking?
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09:10 PM on 11/15/2012
What a radical, revolutionary brilliant idea. Allowing everyone to vote.
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acalm
truth just is
09:10 PM on 11/15/2012
There has to be something wrong with this bill. It is short, makes sense and it benefits the American people and gives states incentive to make simplify voting. Oh, that's it! the GOP doesn't want "those" people to vote.
09:07 PM on 11/15/2012
It may make me a racist, but there is just one requirement I'd change. The translators. If you are an American citizen, and able to vote, you should be able to speak English. If you were to go to any other country, and become a citizen, you would make the effort to learn the language, why should the US be any different? Be it Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, or any of the myriad of tongues from the other countries in the world.
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onehenry
Tea bags lose their flavor
09:06 PM on 11/15/2012
this seems to have happened in democratic strongholds only. Just another form of voter suppression.
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tdpubs
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09:05 PM on 11/15/2012
The GOP rank and file will never go for it. It's too easy and simple. Fox News is not having it. If Rush says no then it will never happen.
08:57 PM on 11/15/2012
For fair elections which can't be rigged, do something like the following:

* vote by mail, with provided pre-stamped envelopes, with ballots accepted for 10 days after the election if postmarked by the day of the election
AND/OR
* same-day registration with any plausible ID
* two weeks of early voting, minimum of 12 open hours each of the last 4 days
* minimum number of voting booths per capita
* maximum wait time of 30 minutes

* permanent, tamper-proof, completely unambiguous ballot reviewable by the voter immediately prior to being cast (e.g. a card-stock paper ballot upon which exactly the voter's choices are printed in bold 16-pt type -- no chads, arrows, ovals, etc.).
* the ability of voters to confirm that their own ballot was actually included in vote tallies
* the ability of voters to cast a new ballot for one week after the main election in the event they can demonstrate that their legally cast ballot was not counted
* contingency plans to deal with any plausible disruption, including the option of allowing any trio of Supreme Court Justices to extend the election for up to one week in any state in the face of massive disasters
* numerous public service ads during daytime and primetime hours of the final week reminding everyone of the dates and rules for elections
* and of course stiff penalties (prison terms and large fines) for anyone breaking the rules, be they voters or election officials
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Nukualofa
I think... ...therefore I am a liberal.
08:54 PM on 11/15/2012
Good idea.
08:54 PM on 11/15/2012
Meh. I'm a democrat and don't like this. Rewards for what they should be doing anyway?

How about fines for having lines over an hour? Even an hour is long, but you have to make a reasonable improvement.

Anyway. The real consequence would be that the people who shortened the voting hours and voting days will be voted out of office by the people!
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giftsthatpurr
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08:52 PM on 11/15/2012
It strikes me as odd that with Republians making such a lot of noise about how we should follow the Constitution and people's rights, that it is only the Democratic legislators who are interested in ensuring that our basic right to vote is not compromised. The GOP say they want small government, but don't want everyone to vote on it. (Not to mention their quest to deny the civil right to marriage and the civil right to one's own property - one's body.) Sounds to me like the Republicans want to rule others without a vote being taken. That is dictatorship. Have we come to that?
09:04 PM on 11/15/2012
Fanned big time from a FL voter!
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giftsthatpurr
Lovely life
09:21 PM on 11/15/2012
Thank you!