By Michael Waldman
A go back to good judgment is a passionate demand swap, a highway map for restoring the imaginative and prescient of the Founding Fathers and renewing the nice spirit of the USA the place the folk run the govt. and the govt. works for the people.
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Here we have not just silent disenfranchisement, but secret disenfranchisement. And because voter lists are now statewide and computerized, voters can more easily be struck from the rolls with the click of a mouse. Officials naturally seek to weed the rolls. Voters move and die. Lists have errors and duplications. But local administrators routinely conduct legally required purges with no publicly known standards and no accountability. Purges rarely are publicly announced. qxd:ReturnToCommonSense 28 5/1/08 3:33 PM Page 28 A RETURN TO COMMON SENSE voters when their names are removed.
Qxd:ReturnToCommonSense 5/1/08 3:33 PM Page 41 3 STOP POLITICAL “HACKING” R e w i r i n g E l e c t r o n i c Vo ti n g n 2006, the race in Florida’s Thirteenth Congressional district was excruciatingly close, and Republican Vern Buchanan won by 369 votes. But something very odd happened with the vote count in the biggest county in the district, the communities where Democratic candidate Christine Jennings ran strongest. 78 This mysterious drop-off happened only on one brand of voting machine. By contrast, only 2 or 3 percent of those voting on other machines or by absentee ballot were recorded as skipping the congressional race.
Qxd:ReturnToCommonSense 5/1/08 ROCKING THE VOTE 3:33 PM Page 37 37 voting is an essential element of citizenship. We should not view it as a privilege, yet it is not enough to view it as a right—we should view it as a duty, a part of everyone’s obligation to participate. So we should make it as convenient as possible for people to fulfill that duty. Creative ideas abound. Jonathan Soros has proposed a highly innovative national presidential primary with voting from January to June, with tallies announced every month.