Monday, December 13, 2004

Voter Protection Act / Amendment

Okay, so the voting procedure in the country is clearly screwed up. What to do, what to do?

How about introducing a Voter Protection Amendment to the constitution that would encompass the following solutions:

1. Congressional districts must be compactly drawn. I live in a "dogbone" district including part of Buffalo and part of Rochester New York, seventy miles away. There is at least one district between the two cities.

2. Redistricting must be limited to once per decade.

3. Electronic voting machines must produce a verifiable paper trail.

4. Electronic voting software must be open to inspection, or open source.

5. Election commissions must be non-partisan. Election commissioners or Secretaries of State must not participate in campaigns.

6. Voting periods must be extended.

7. Voting machines must be provided in sufficient quantities to prevent long lines or delays in voting.

The right to vote is certainly more important than so many other canards that have been presented as constitutional amendments. What, you don't want to protect voters rights?


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