Fixing elections

Our electoral system in this country is broken.  I have remarked on this before.

I have also mentioned a year ago what a candidate needs to do to get a slam dunk victory.  Only one candidate has taken my advice and he is winning big despite his obvious flaws.

Here is what I would do to fix the electoral system in America.

  1.  Eliminate the electoral college.  This is an anti-democratic anachronism and grants voting power to states based on the number of illegal alien residents they had in the last census, thus weakening the voting power of citizens.
  2.  Only citizens vote.
  3.  The Census counts only citizens for apportionment. It may also count non-citizens as non-citizens just so we know how many of them are here.
  4.  Congressmen are elected “at large” in their states.  So, no districts. No district maps. no gerrymandering.  Perfect representation of the demographics and ideology of the state.
  5. Eliminate the Senate.  Right now it is just a redundant house, with a petty aristocracy running it.
  6. National ID.  If you don’t have one, you don’t vote.  Voting machines are keyed to your ID so election workers can’t vote for you (ahem… hanging chad…).
  7. Primaries for parties are held on the same day nation-wide, 60 days before the general election.
  8. If you vote for a candidate in the primary and he wins, your vote is automatically cast for that same person in the general election.  This will eliminate the cross party registrations we see today.
  9. Eliminate party registration as a requirement for voting in the primary. Point 8 above eliminates the need for it.  You can still of course join a political party if you want to get their spam and invitations to donate money to them.  That is called freedom of association.
  10. Once you are voted out of office, you no longer have any power.  No lame duck sessions.  With modern travel and technology, the winner should take power effective immediately.  Nothing good happens with losers exercising those powers after the the voters have declared “you don’t deserve this any longer”.
  11. Vote the Supreme Court Justices.  6 year terms.  This will prevent extremist of any stripe from monopolizing the bench.

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5 Responses to Fixing elections

  1. Heresolong says:

    #1. Eliminating the electoral college shifts power to densely populated areas at the expense of less densely populated. Urban areas then get disproportionate power over presidential elections. This is why it was set up this way.

    #4. So anyone living in a liberal state, even if they live in a conservative area, gets no representation in Congress?

    #5. I’d much rather go back to the point of the Senate which was to represent the states. Return to a system of appointment by the Legislature. We don’t need two houses of elected representatives.

    #8. A great idea. Open primaries piss me off because parties don’t get to nominate who they put forward for President and because it allows cross over voting. I like this.

    #11. I’d go longer. Twelve or fifteen years with no chance of reappointment. This keeps the SCOTUS from being less swayed by short term popular emotion but still ensures new blood. There needs to be some stability but it doesn’t need to be lifetime. Congress could also grow some balls and rein in the Supreme Court by asserting their power as granted under the Constitution to regulate the court. Seems to me that Congress has pretty much granted the SCOTUS the power to rule on anything, anywhere, at any time merely by letting them.

    “the supreme Court shall have appellate Jurisdiction, both as to Law and Fact, with such Exceptions, and under such Regulations as the Congress shall make.” Article III, Section 2.


    • No One says:

      #1. Heard that argument. Don’t buy it. It’s really there as a safety valve against mob rule. I trust direct elections.
      #4. No. That’s not how it works. Proportional representation. State wide. At large. You would have to be in a state with only one rep for your scenario to happen…. just like it is today.


    • No One says:

      #5. I don’t see any reason why state redundancy is better than popular redundancy. Or why Rd island should count as much as texas. It seemed like a good idea at the time but it’s pretty stupid now.


  2. Heresolong says:

    #1. Not sure what you mean buy “you don’t buy it”. Historical fact.

    #4. That makes more sense.

    #5. Not talking about redundancy when one house is representing the people and one house is representing the states. There are supposed to be three players in this game, federal govt, state govt’s, and people,. Right now there are two as the states have no influence in DC.

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