By Michael Waldman
Written by way of a former speech author for President invoice Clinton, "A go back to logic" contains a sequence of feedback for the way to enhance democracy in the US. His seven feedback are:
1. finish Voter Registration as we all know It.
2. Rocking the Vote. (issues resembling voter identification, altering election day, altering the first system.)
3. cease Political Hacking. (use digital balloting machines yet with scan-tron sort backups.)
4. crusade Finance Reform (public financing in line with the NYC model)
5. Gerrymandering (stop the construction of "safe" districts for either Democrats and Republicans)
6. Flunk the Electoral collage (recommends no longer altering the structure yet quite going round it at a nation level)
7. restoration assessments and Balances (more Congressional oversight of the administrative branch)
I don't have any challenge with a lot of those feedback yet Waldman is a piece simplistic in a few of his options. for instance, he indicates a countrywide voter registration procedure yet has no plans for the way neighborhood election officers should still take care of neighborhood registrations.
He bemoans the truth that fundraising is so very important to the trendy Congress and the election approach that calls for an never-ending provide of cash. He is also stricken that Congress doesn't do sufficient to supervise the administrative department (with a few justification, in my view) yet on web page 128 belittles the efforts of Congress to enquire the Clinton Administration's use of White apartment Christmas playing cards to fundraise. Huh, you would imagine he'd be serious about oversight and restricting fundraising...
Interestingly, he's very enthusiastic about Congressional oversight over the administrative and not anxious in regards to the turning out to be energy of the court docket method in "creating " law.
His tips about altering the election day, the way in which we create Congressional distructs, having paper backups for digital elections, crusade finance reform and extending Congressional oversight have price. nonetheless, his feedback for the opposite difficulties are, often, foolish and will be brushed off out of hand.
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Almost immediately, many voters began to worry that touchscreens, in particular, were insecure, that they could be programmed to tilt results one way or another. ” In fact, for all the worries, there was little evidence that tampering with machines changed the Ohio result. (It is true that there weren’t enough machines in inner-city neighborhoods, and that failure of machines in Democratic polling places led to long lines and likely resulted in the loss of thousands of votes. ”) But the concerns were widespread and serious enough to deserve a full airing.
It is certainly important to make sure that Election Day does not dissolve into bedlam. But we will miss a key opportunity if that is all we do. Our entire notion of voter registration needs rethinking. We should recognize that voting is a right, not a privilege. We should recognize that individuals ought not be charged with figuring out how to register and stay registered. And we should commit to the idea that in a democracy, the government has a duty, moral and legal, to make it possible for every eligible citizen to be able to vote.
63 Even more worrisome are proposals that voters produce documents to prove citizenship. Most Americans lack a passport, since they have never traveled outside the country. qxd:ReturnToCommonSense 5/1/08 ROCKING THE VOTE 3:33 PM Page 33 33 for birth certificates, some admirably organized individuals have their original; the rest of us have to arrange to get a copy from the county in which we were born. These various proof-of-citizenship documents can cost from $40 (for a passport) up to $200 (for proof of naturalization, say, for an immigrant who came to the country decades ago).
A Return to Common Sense: Seven Bold Ways to Revitalize Democracy by Michael Waldman