We need to get serious voter reform. Here are my suggestions:
1. Voter registration should last four or, at best, eight years. Everyone should be required to present themselves and their documents of citizenship/birth at a government office in order to register. Motor voter and other means of registering voters by ancillary means should be abolished.
2. All voters should be required to present photo identification to vote at the precinct. If a voter cares enough about the election, he or she will be prepared to present a legal driver license, passport, whatever. There should be no provisional voting.
3. All military people should be allowed to vote and if a state, or any portion of a state, fails to meet the deadline to send out ballots, that state shall be required to sequester, without counting, all votes in the state until the military personnel have the stipulated deadline to send in their ballots. No late votes may be accepted except from bonafide military personnel. When the deadline has passed, the votes may be counted.
The system now is inherently open to fraud and manipulation. Too often people can be worked into a froth at the last minute by election pimps and used to swing a vote to one side or another. It’s time to make voting a serious duty complete with serious requirements. I can’t fly without jumping through all kinds of hoops to prove my identity and meet the deadlines. Why should flying be treated more seriously than voting? We may not want our planes to fall out of the sky but we are watching our country fall out of the sky due to unsafe, ignorant, even fraudulent voting.
How about a simple mandatory sentence of 20 years in a federal prison for any conviction of voter fraud?
By design. Almost all voter 'reforms' have been specifically for the purpose of building 'slop' into the system, to make more leaky points in the process for 'rats to exploit.
I agree that cleaning up our voting system should be a top priority but vested interests want it the way it is because it benefits them. Some progress may be had at the state level after the recent turnover but it will be difficult to take it as far as it needs to go what with lefty judges, the Senate and WH not being sympathetic.