Thoughts from a Yellow Dog Democrat living in Olympia, in the great BLUE state of Washington

I am a liberal because it is the political philosophy of freedom and equality. And I am a progressive because it is the political path to a better future. And I am a Democrat because it is the political party that believes in freedom, equality and progress. -- Digby

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Needed Election Reform

I get the question -- After all my hours of observing ballot counting and seeing a good system at work, do I think the election system is fine -- NOOOO! We need major reform. Some of my ideas include:
  • Extend election day to at least a week. Keep ALL polls open during that time, not just a few at county HQ.
  • Get rid of partisan election officials. A more ridiculous and inherently unfair system can never exist. It is the King of Conflicts of Interests.
  • Implement a national standard for voting and fund it.
  • Get rid of touch screen voting machines. A paper trail is useless, as a machine could easily be programmed to cast the vote for candidate A, while printing a receipt with candidate B's name on it.
  • Select optical scan machines. The technology allows for quick tabulation of the votes, while retaining a paper trail for random audits and full recounts.
  • All precincts that reported lines longer than one hour should be required to add voting machines before the next election.
  • The pitiful state of voting infrastructure in poor and minority areas is literally criminal, and redress should be sought both in the legislatures and in the courts.

  • Allow voting by fax and e-mail for overseas voters.

  • Welcome onservers at all stages and at all times -- make the system completely transparent. I was lucky. I observed in a great County, but many had to fight their way in and many were unsuccesful trying to observe.


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