Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Disenfranchised Voters vs. Voter Fraud PART 1

Disenfranchised Voters vs. Voter Fraud PART1

This election has again highlighted the claims of disenfranchised voters as well as
voter fraud. I have no doubt that there is proof of both of these happening. Rather than
endless accusations, I would like to see our leaders come up with some solutions.

In a nation that requires citizens to have Social Security numbers and to pay income
taxes it appears we already have systems in place to identify who is eligible to vote.
In the age of computerized records, and given the aforementioned data bases, it would seem that we could come up with some way of providing voter registration cards.
Deaths are reported to Social Security.

As a voter in the senior citizen age group, I think voters need to assume some responsibility for assuring their voter registration card reaches them. If felons have their right to vote restored, if a voter has a change of address, if a legal name change occurs,
the voter should be responsible for reporting this to the National Voter Registry. Forms
to facilitate these updates, including directions as to what affidavits such as restoration of felons right to vote or marriage certificates, could be available at every Board of Elections office in every county. They could be picked up or requested by telephone. The completion of the form and mailing it to the National Registry, in a timely manner, would be the responsibility of the individual voter. If voters are unwilling to assume responsibility to do this, I do not believe anyone but they themselves are disenfranchising them.

Public service announcements reminding voters of their responsibility to assure
a legal National Voter Registration card could be run on TV, Newspapers and Magazines
together with information about where to obtain forms to complete and submit in time to receive their card prior to election.

National Voter Registration cards could be mailed out every year in August. This would give any individual ample time to register a complaint concerning lack of a Voter Registration Card and submit proof of eligibility. Again, the forms would be available at every Board of Elections office.

These National Voter Registration Cards would be required to obtain a ballot and vote. The cards would be submitted at the polls. In case of Absentee Ballots, they would require the submission of the voter registration card along with their completed ballot. For military votes, Voter Identification forms can be attested to by commanding officers of each unit if the Official Voter Registration Card is not available such as in times of armed conflict. These Absentee Ballots without the official card would then be verified by the local Board of Elections with the list of registered voters in their precinct.

The cost of this annual voter registration would in the long run be far less costly than the litigation processes currently in use or threatened. Both political parties will spend
large amounts of money in lawsuits. The taxpayers will be spending large amounts of money in court costs. Costs can be underwritten by filing fees from all candidates and/or parties paying a portion of the government funding currently given to parties. The parties currently spend a great deal of time and money in efforts to register voters.

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