Can We Please Stop the Bullshit?
I am beyond fucking tired of every bit of partisan bullshit regarding out electoral process. To be sure, the vast majority of the bullshit, as usual, exists on the GOP side of things, but that’s only because they’re the ones that are on the losing end of so many types of vote these days. Let’s go over this bullshit, from top to bottom,, starting two years ago:
The 2016 Presidential
The 2018 Midterms
Show Me the Future
So, here’s the deal: Our voting is a damn mess. Between voter suppression nightmares, gerrymandering, our garbage non-ranked voting system, and repeated counting issues, I feel like our faith in elections has declined rapidly in the past decade.
We need to revitalize our electoral process from top to bottom.
First, we need to make it mandatory that everyone gets registered to vote as a high-school graduation requirement. There is zero reason to not do this.
Second, we need to change the way we vote. The ‘vote for one candidate’ option does nothing but prop up our failed two-party system by turning every non-D or R vote into a ‘wasted’ vote. Either ‘Approval Voting’ for simplicity or ‘Ranked Voting’ for complete voter control should be the default.
Third, we need to forever banish the idea of gerrymandering. We either need to go with computer-generated districts that are then approved by a majority of each of the two major parties at the state level, or we need to run with full I-cut-you-pick to create districts. We have two years before redistricting begins. This needs to be a priority.
Fourth, if your state requires voter ID, it needs to be free and it needs to be accessible to every legal voter. This means that states need to take drastic steps to make sure that no one gets left behind.
Fifth, we need to make sure that everyone has a quality voting-day experience. We can’t have surburban voters walking in and out in ten minutes, voting on brand-new equipment, when you have hours-long lines at urban polling locations, voting on machines that were outdated when I was still young. It is embarrassing that we have such obvious segregation in our polling locations in 2018.
Lastly, we need a far better way to vote- a way to create transparency and security- to create confidence. I’m not going to get into the programming side, because I lack that skill, but imagine this system:
You fill out your paper ballot. It goes into the scanner after you vote, and the scanner prints out a ‘receipt’ of your voting session, complete with your ‘confirmation number’. As the votes are tallied, the results are loaded to the state website, and they are tied to your confirmation number. You can go to the site at your leisure, type in your ‘confirmation number’ and verify that your votes are in the system and correct. If they are not, there is a procedure to appeal your vote. Mail-in voting would be done by sending out a ballot with the code pre-printed on it. You can log in with the code, vote, and then send in your paper copy as a back-up.
Such a system certainly would require some doing, but it would provide a huge increase to voter confidence, and that on its’ own would likely increase turn-out.
We need to invest in our electoral process to help insure the health of our Republic.
We need to be as inclusive as possible to create a truly representative government.
We need to stop cheating for political gain.
We need to let people vote for who they think is really the best option, while still making sure their vote makes a difference.
We need to make sure everyone’s vote is counted, and we need to make sure everyone can verify their vote has been counted.
We simply cannot allow win-at-all-costs to be the rule of the day when it comes to the direction of our nation.