Who decides who gets to vote?
The individual states make the rules, but the actual Constitutional authority remains with the Federal government. The United States Constitution has given the Federal Government the authority to regulate the states in election matters. WinLoseorDraw has read on some less dependable venues that the Federal government “wants to end” states’ rights pertaining to elections. That is a politically motivated exaggeration. Generally, the Fed only steps in when a state crosses the line of appropriate behavior. The reason the federal government sometimes chooses to exercise its veto power is to prevent states from infringing on voter rights with excessive voter restrictions.
Here’s an observation: All legal citizens should be guaranteed ease and convenience of voting. That’s the American way. True, open access paves the way for some knuckleheads to vote, but fortunately knuckleheads have not, until recently, been known as dedicated voters.
A political battle is brewing between some of the states and the federal government, a battle that promises to boil over into unnecessary violence in the coming years.
As usual, the two biggest political parties are exacerbating the conflict by taking opposing positions without really looking for any meaningful compromise. In fact, they avoid compromise, because a meaningful compromise would not excite and rally their bases. The Democrats claim the Republicans are trying to deny basic voting rights to some of our citizens. The Republicans claim that the Democrats are packing the voting results with illegal and undesirable balloting. Without a meaningful compromise, the party that controls the White House and the Congress wins the battle, but the war continues.
Both sides ignore the two most important considerations: All legitimate citizens should be able to vote, and all citizens should have easy access to the ballot box. That again is the American way.
The Democrats want to make voting as easy as possible in order to increase the number of voters who might possibly vote their way. Republicans, especially in some states, want to make false claims about massive voter fraud in order to push through a variety of restrictions, many completely unrelated to properly identifying a voter as to citizenship, in order to inconvenience and eliminate some potential voters who are unemployed, incarcerated, and/or without reliable transportation.
It has long been known that the weather on a single day of balloting can often make a huge difference in the outcome.
Proposed solution: Stop having an election day. Instead, have an election month. The election month could be November. Furthermore, Let’s take December to certify the results. The next President could take office on New Year’s day.
By extending the voting period and adding a vote certification period we eliminate any problem with mail in ballots. During the month of December the losing side could double check as many as they like. That would eliminate the false claims of massive voter fraud that are being destructively hyped on bogus social media sites after the fact.