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  •  Paper/Scanners: this is how we voted in NY... (10+ / 0-) least in Rockland County and in Kings County.

    Easy peasey.

    Electronic voting should be ditched everywhere.  Who needs a "secret algorithm" to add up ballots?

    But the whole voting process needs to be made as unimpeachable as possible.   That means stop leaving it up to the individual states/precincts and set some basic national standards.

    Some thoughts:

    1) Election day is a national
    2) Trained and certified poll workers.  From a uniform (national) certification program.  Recruit more young people to do this (though props to the seniors who volunteer every year.)
    3) Mandated minimum number of early voting days and extended hours across the board.  Decide this on the federal level.  (Past the minimum, leave it up to the locals.)
    4) Let's do some math - based on previous election turnout, decide the number of polling places and number of booths/machines.  % of polling places/booths/ballets per head.
    5) Uniform voting hours, nationally mandated.
    6) Federal standards for tabulating and reporting votes.

    7) Make any attempt to interfere with, thwart, manipulate, intimidate, misdirect or otherwise mess with any American's voting rights is a felony offense.

    "When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?' Don Marquis

    by hopesprings on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 06:37:06 AM PST

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    •  Nice list (6+ / 0-)

      I would add one: same-day voter registration.

      You don't have to worry about getting your registration in weeks or months ahead of time. Create a flexible set of parameters for people to verify their identity and residency and they can just show up and vote. At the polling place you run parallel check-in lines: people who are already registered can breeze through so that people registering same-day don't bog down the process.

      We have this system in Minnesota and it's a big reason we consistently have turnout percentages above 75% in Presidential election years.

      Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

      by Joe Bob on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:16:40 AM PST

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      •  That's an interesting prospect. (3+ / 0-)
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        Joe Bob, Lujane, cotterperson

        That means that you also need a uniform ID system for verification (to shut up all the Fox News types who think Tyler Perry votes 20 times in different outfits every election)...

        "When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: 'Whose?' Don Marquis

        by hopesprings on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 10:04:45 AM PST

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