Tuesday November 13, 2012, 8:43 am
The only good thing about last week’s election is the outcome. Voters waited in long lines for several hours, and Teabaggers harassed voters at the polls, mostly in Democratic leaning areas. Republicans did their best to to disenfranchise poor, young and minority voters. Arizona even sent official notification that the election was on Wednesday, but only to Latinos, and still has not decided several races, because they held up over 500,000 ballots. Such abuses must never be allowed to happen again. We need a Federal Voters’ Bill of Rights.
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:14 am
I agree with this 150%!!! We need a federal voters rights bill to pass and end all this mess. The gerrymandering especially and the dark money. I like the idea of uniform voting procedures for all 50 states and territories. Take it away from the states because the states have proven they cannot run it in any way shape or form and be trustworthy. They have done it to themselves.
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 9:42 am
The Federal Voters Bill of Rights sounds utterly brilliant and utterly vital - indeed the whole world should have them! There was nothing the Repuglicons didn't do by way of voting fraud and cheating - they must be called to account and not be allowed to do it again - and neither must anyone of any party!
Yes, the laws should be the same for every state, no exceptions and let's keep it all open for at least two weeks before the election with enough voting booths to accommodate high turnout. And...yes, to the second Tuesday in November of each voting year - or every two years, being a national holiday...paid holiday.
My mother is 84 and voted early to avoid lines only to wait for four hours. I know many waited much longer, some in miserable weather, there is no excuse for that. Heads up RED states, the tenth amendment does not give you unlimited power to suppress rights. In fact, it doesn't grant you half the powers you have taken.
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 3:25 pm
and CA reportedly still has over a million votes uncounted in the most populous counties--and the GMO proposition vote difference was 600,000 and death penalty something similar...
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:06 pm
Thanks Tom for posting the link to the full article. A Voter's Bill of Rights should be on the short list of things that congress need to tackle in the next few months. Read and noted.
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:30 pm
"…Voters’ Bill of Rights could impose federal standards on the states…"
This looks very much like what I have been saying for some time. Through out the past year or so, I was alarmed at the differences between states for what was acceptable, thereby disadvantaging some Americans. I was alarmed at the partisanship of the election mechanics. And well, Citizens United just has to go and there must be campaign finance reform. In Canada, there are limits on campaign financing and there is a more homogeneous approach to federal elections. I hope the US can move in the same direction for the people, and I certainly hope that Harper does not try to take Canada down the US path.
BTW, in Canada, employers are required to ensure that employees have a 4 hour window on voting day during regular voting times whereby people can cast their votes. There are also advanced voting polls which I often use.
Thursday November 15, 2012, 8:28 am
Thanks all. I agree with everyone except 1/2 of John. I agree that a national popular vote for President is needed. However, experience has proven that one day is insufficient time for voting.
Thursday November 15, 2012, 11:26 am
We DO have the Voting Rights Act, which the dixiecrats are trying to overturn because they claim they don't need its onerous supervison anymore and SCOTUS appeared to almost agree with them in 2009, but since 2009 things have only gotten worse, voter suppression, new "poll taxes" in 30 Republican governed states, how they can be emboldened by recent behavior to think they've a stronger case now is just one more sign of the mass insanity that afflicts the republican party. It wasn't all that bad in 2009 but even this SCOTUS has surely seen enough of the attempts to suppress voting rights that this time even Clarence Thomas might vote to throw that silly suit out of court. Yes, we need a national voting rights act, we need a uniform system across all 50 states that we do not go through this charade every two years with hanging chads and different rules depending on what county you live in and how it voted last election. That kind of thing is criminal, imo, and proof positive we need a uniform, national, voting system. Same rules for every citizen of the US everywhere. This is NOT a state issue, it is a national issue. So, would someone at the national level at least pretend to lead on this? Please?