The way our Country votes is completely undemocratic. On just about every level I believe everything must change. Perhaps this is a fantasy, since it seems like we are owned by “big money” and lobbyists, but without changes we should no longer call ourselves a real democracy.
Primaries This is a great place to start. Why do we continue to have a set schedule of primaries that lets potential candidates kiss up to people in Iowa and New Hampshire? Why should those states have so much say in the vetting process? They don’t represent me, or probably most of the Country. It’s nauseating to watch potential candidates going to those states for the purpose of the primaries. I say immediately stop this unfair practice and one year before a presidential election have some sort of lottery that sets which states and what dates primaries will be held. That way candidates will be vetted by a broader section of the people.
Voting Why do we have an archaic voting system that makes you go wait in line at some public school for hours at a time to vote? You wonder why there is such a low turn out in elections, that’s why! This is the 21st Century, we have the technology to do much more, make it much easier for people to place their votes. Seems the IRS can locate each and every one of us, know how much we have earned, contact us directly and get their money. All done confidentially. Why can’t we use some of that kind of technology to either let people vote by mail or vote on their smart phones? This would cause such a revolution, imagine 100% of the population voting. If you don’t have a smart phone or access to a computer voting by mail should be an option. And make the return envelope have postage on it.
This would be a game changer. No more photo ID arguments or changing early voting, or people having to get on a bus to go vote. Everyone, through a cleared method similar to what the IRS does, could vote any time they want. Obviously you couldn’t mail in your vote on election day, time periods would have to be set. The goal is to get everyone to vote.
Money The SCOTUS decision to allow anonymous money in elections was so wrong in so many ways. Money should be completely taken out of politics and elections. Fundraising should not be something politicians have to think about. We elect them to govern and legislate. Not pimp themselves out so they can run again. People in government shouldn’t only be rich people who can self fund a campaign or people who know rich people.
This is the first in a series I will be doing. Let me know what you think.