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Will You Answer What Congress Won't? The Top 20 Questions pt 14

Back in late 2004 and early 2005, I sent emails, faxes, and letters to every member of the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. In it, I asked them for their answer to a set of twenty questions which the readers of Polipundit wanted asked. The text of the letter was posted here.

52 Readers in 38 states joined the effort, asking their district Representatives and Senators to answer the questions. Response from our elected Representatives and Senators was poor, predictably so. Most Congressmen and Senators simply ignored the letters, emails and faxes. In the end, only seventeen answered with any degree of substance, and not one answered more than two questions.

I was looking at the set of questions this week, and you know, they still look like good questions to me, so I am going to ask you for your opinion on them. This will take a while, since I am putting up one question for each post, but please give this your serious consideration. And folks, this is not about politics or smacking down the other side; this is an opportunity to explore the issues of substance for our country. Sad that Congress was not up to it, but maybe we can get the conversation going. Thanks in advance.


14. Confidence in the validity of elections has fallen sharply in some places. What would you recommend to repair and rebuild that confidence?


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Excellent! When we moved to... (Below threshold)

Excellent! When we moved to New Mexico in January 2006 my attitude of the voting process truly changed. I was told that I didn't need to show my driver's license for ID. In fact I was told that they(officials) are not allowed to ask for ID.

Since registering here, I see the futility of my vote, when I could register as many people and vote numerous times. Makes me wish for BIG changes. The hanging chads are the least of the problems.

I would put a voter photo i... (Below threshold)
Rua:

I would put a voter photo identification requirement in place. People already have to have id to cash checks, send Western Union transfers, buy beer or cigarettes. Even if it's logo of some kind on their driver's license, state issued id, or gov't/military id, saying the're registered to vote. There's already a symbol for organ donors on driver's licenses why not add one for registered voter as well?

Also, I do see one problem with a voter picture id and that would be those voting absentee.

This one's a no brainer.</p... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

This one's a no brainer.

Every voter must present valid picture I.D. to be allowed to vote.

This finally became law this year here in Michigan and I have a hunch Wayne county will have less of a negative effect on the rest of the state as a result. (And Michigan will not so automatically go to the neo-comm candidate as it has recently.)

Now the only barrier we have to truly free and democratic elections in Michigan is the far left biased print and braodcast "news" media. But that's another isssue for another day.

As others have said, requir... (Below threshold)
Farmer Joe:

As others have said, require a photo ID. Make available an easy-to-get, low hassle ID for those who choose not to get a driver's license.

Require publicly available schematic diagrams and software source code for all electronic voting machines and vote counting programs.

1) Hands down, a valid phot... (Below threshold)

1) Hands down, a valid photo ID for starters. And please, liberals, stowe the silly charges of "racism." As others have already pointed out, you need a vaild ID for other functions. Trying to equate this with the old-time poll taxes or literacy tests is just plain stupid.

2) I would also eliminate all electronic voter machines unless they give the voter a printout of his/her selections that he/she can use to check the selections.

3) change national election days to April 16 (Ok, so that has nothing to do with fraud).

4) no media reports on election results until polls are officially closed.

5) eliminate motor-voter programs. Getting a drivers license should have nothing to do with registering to vote - especially with whacky schemes to grant illigals drivers licences.

1. Positive ID2. M... (Below threshold)
LJD:

1. Positive ID

2. Mandatory participation- tie voting to vehicle registration, tax returns or the like.

3. Brief poll tests to demonstrate sa very basic level of knowledge about the issues/candidates on the ballot. Failure to do so resulting in loss of the ability to vote- and why should they if they don't know what the hell they're doing?

4. Ban all polls.

A little off topic but not ... (Below threshold)
Rua:

A little off topic but not much. States are starting to lean toward having photo i.d. to vote. Perhaps this is why Democrats are pushing for illegal immigrants to be allowed to get a driver's license?

RE #6,I like your ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

RE #6,

I like your number 3 idea a lot, but sadly that'll never happen.

As for your #4 idea, I wouldn't ban them, but I would make any form of public dissemination of poll results a capitol crime.

We already have mandatory i... (Below threshold)
mycroft:

We already have mandatory ids (we are supposed to anyway).

Screw the receipt id, that will never work right (trust me, I KNOW what can be done inside the voting machines to satisfy that and still fool the voter.) Hand counting is not a serious proposal, so pass laws makign the machines count the final and true count and if your vote is spoiled it is your fault.

1. A photo ID with biometri... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

1. A photo ID with biometric information. Tampering or fraudulent information to be a felony that cannot be plea bargained.

2. Voting on the 1st weekend (Saturday & Sunday) of November.

3. Electronic voting with a tamper proof paper trail to prevent fraud.

4. A requirement for states to have current voter registration rolls. No more voting by the dead, homes with 50+ residents or individuals residing on vacant lots.

5. Restriction of 'Absentee' ballots to individuals over sea's or out of state. Just because you don't want to be 'inconvenienced' is not a valid reason to request one.

To answer this one and set ... (Below threshold)
Mycroft:

To answer this one and set some things straight:

1. A photo ID with biometric information. Tampering or fraudulent information to be a felony that cannot be plea bargained.

2. Voting on the 1st weekend (Saturday & Sunday) of November.

3. Electronic voting with a tamper proof paper trail to prevent fraud.

4. A requirement for states to have current voter registration rolls. No more voting by the dead, homes with 50+ residents or individuals residing on vacant lots.

5. Restriction of 'Absentee' ballots to individuals over sea's or out of state. Just because you don't want to be 'inconvenienced' is not a valid reason to request one.

-- Posted by Gmac

1. There is no biometric system that has been proven to even work yet - so this is not valid.

2. ok

3. Paper trails are WORTHLESS if you are voting electronically. Why, oh why? Do people think there is any value to them?

4. Great and just how are you goign to achomplish this?

5. BS. I am on permanent absentie ballot. Why? Because waiting 2 hours in a line causes my knee to stiffen up and I hurt for the rest of the day. And because I can PLAN ahead and not have to waste 2 hours waiting in line. Being able to plan ahead actually shows me to be a better voter then someone who can't.




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