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Saturday, January 08, 2005

Election Reform

I was a bit upset that the liberals would make such a mockery of our election process when they suspended the election certification for voting "irregularities" in Ohio. Even though a recount proved the President won handily in Ohio, Boxer (that's all she gets) took the floor and opposed the certification. Hillary Clinton had the gonads to say that we had much to learn from the election in Ukraine...let me repeat that...Senator CLinton said we had much to learn from the election in Ukraine. Is she implying someone should have spiked Kerry's brie with poison or something, or is she saying our election process is corrupt?

Perhaps someone needs to educate these Senators about elections. Our founding fathers DELIBERATELY set up our election system to be run by the states. The federal government does not, nor was it ever intended to, run elections. the founding fathers felt it would give too much power to Congress and provide too much opportunity for fraud and corruption. I would say they got it right.

The liberals, so devastated by the 2000 election, have had 4 years to bring change to their own state's election process. Have they done anything? Some have. Unfortunately, this latest, reprehensible escapade of the left, has not only brought shame and embarassment to the U.S., it has jeopardized legitamacy in future elections no matter who is deemed the winner.

I believe the goal of the liberals is to challenge the President's legislative aganda mandate. It's all politics, and as usual, for their own gain with no regard to the citizens of this country.

Here is a great article on election reform from the Cato Institute. Here is the executive summary:

Election Reform, Federalism, and the Obligations of Voters

by John Samples

John Samples is director of the Cato Institute's Center for Representative Government. John Samples is director of the Cato Institute's Center for Representative Government.

Executive Summary

Congress will soon decide whether to change the American electoral system. Several private commissions--one headed by former presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter--have already reached their conclusions and proposed changes to the way we run our elections.

Since the founding of this country, state and local governments have had primary responsibility for running congressional elections. Congress has the authority to override state and local regulations regarding congressional elections, although the Founders foresaw this power being used only in "extraordinary circumstances." The events of 2000 were not "extraordinary."

Congress should preserve the primacy of the states in electoral administration. If Congress decides to spend federal tax money on elections, the funds should go to the states without any strings attached. Nationalizing elections through federal mandates would be a constitutional and policy mistake.

Until now the election reform debate has ignored the need to preserve the integrity of elections. Voters have at least the obligation to register and to be informed enough to cast a ballot successfully. Seeing election reform as a collective problem to be solved solely by collective action is a profound error that may harm the Republic.

The states should be free to make their own decisions about voting equipment and voter registration systems. Congress should reform the Motor Voter law by removing the obstacles that have ruined many voting lists. States should consider sharply limiting absentee and other voting outside the polling place. Provisional voting will prove costly both in direct outlays and in delaying election results. Election Day should not be a national holiday. Media projections of election results do little harm and should not be banned directly or indirectly by government. Voters need more education, a goal served by more competitive elections and an end to current restrictions on campaign finance.

You can click on the link above and view the entire article. Please do.
totalkaosdave, 4:47 PM