By The People

There are fundamental flaws in how American government operates today,
contrary to the Constitution and the vision of a representative republican form of governance.
I intend doing something about it: by educating and informing others who
are not even aware of the dangers.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Voting Reform

There are three primary areas to consider when looking at how our vote is made to count. It was explained in detail how to insure the integrity of the vote in my post Protecting The Vote. But there are two more points to make clear.

The second is to have an informed electorate. The voters need not only know the name(s) of the candidates and their party affiliations, but more importantly, they must also know what the candidates stands for. What has the candidate accomplished in the past in private, public, and professional life?  Are they willing to vote for the simple majority of the people they represent instead of their own or party line issues or candidates?  If they won't cast the vote of the simple majority, it is high time to find someone who will and find someone else to represent the Voting citizens.

The third is you must increase the number of eligible voters so that at least a simple majority of the people are represented. If only twenty percent of the eligible voters actually vote, then the vote is representing the minority of the people who will be represented.

It should be made mandatory that all citizens, on reaching the age of eligibility, must vote in every election or they forfeit their citizenship until they vote again. They will then be required to prove their citizenship by a state certified copy of their birth certificate.  A Birth certificate and a valid photo identification, such as a driver’s license, will be required in order to vote. All required documents will be available to all US citizens at no cost. This could be accomplished by the states debiting the state tax board accounts or IRS accounts of voters. It ten would cost the voters nothing more than the time to fill out a form to receive their birth certificate in order to obtain, with appropriate testing, a driver's license.

The only way to take back the vote from the electronic machines that control the election is to start with changing state laws. The machine that controls the illusion of a two-party system has to be broken up into little pieces and scattered like ashes in the soil. In a nation as diverse as we are, we need many parties or coalitions to represent US Citizens.

We must be more tolerant of others while protecting the rights of all citizens and those who can be adversely affected by such differences in ideology. A culture that practices human sacrifice can certainly have an adverse affect on their coalition, but if all of their sacrifices are obtained from within their own ranks, surely they will soon discover that ending the practice will prevent their extinction.

Maybe if politicians were held to account to higher standards they too will face extinction if they cannot change their corrupt ways.