Addressing the integrity of America’s election system

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By Paul Burich

 

Is the integrity of America’s election process a serious concern? Do we believe that the decisions that US citizens make in the ballot box are not being accurately expressed in our election results?

It is interesting that for people on both the right and left the answer is “yes” — but for different reasons. While the left continues to fantasize about impeaching President Trump for “colluding with Russia,” President Trump has called their bluff by launching the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. The Commission’s primary objectives include measuring the amount of voter fraud and improper voter registration in the country.

The obvious starting point for the Commission’s work is analysis of voter rolls in all fifty states. Federal law already requires that states perform periodic cleansing of their voter registration rolls, but ironically the Obama administration regularly fought such efforts tooth and nail in court. Now, twenty-nine mostly Democrat-run states (including California, of course) have refused to honor the Commission’s request for their publicly available registration data. The Commission can obtain this public data using other means, but it is revealing that this simple request has been rejected by so many states.

What reasons have the states in question offered for rejecting the Commission’s request? First, the states claim that voter fraud is essentially non-existent and that this effort is a waste of resources. To bolster these claims they cite studies whose methodologies have been highly disputed. Second, these states claim that removing dead, duplicate, invalid, and illegal voter registrants from their rolls will suppress “voter participation.” Yes, it most certainly could reduce voter participation–if dead, duplicate, invalid, and illegal voters are currently voting! Since all the resources required to perform this analysis are to be spent at the federal level, states have scant reason to complain about wasted resources. Moreover, this is a fabulous opportunity for Democrats to once and for all dispel claims from the right of voter fraud from the left.

Like many Americans, I harbor concerns that the federal government’s intrusion into state and local matters has grown dangerously. On the other hand, there have been plenty of indications that voter registration data is problematic. This does not, of course, necessarily mean that voter fraud has occurred, but it certainly is an obvious avenue of potential malfeasance. I believe that if this country wishes to avoid political conflict that grows far worse than it already has, the verdict at the ballot box has to be unimpeachable. Countries around the world–from first world to third world–have election processes that are superior to ours. Every illegitimate vote cancels out the vote of a legitimate citizen. This is true voter suppression and we can and should take vigorous steps to redress this problem.

The following are my ideas for ensuring that our registration and vote administration procedures have integrity that they deserve:

1.   Eliminate electronic voting machines and standardize ballot design (I realize that the states control this, but the feds could offer monetary incentives to states that complied).

2.   Eliminate motor-voter registration. States do not perform rigorous follow-up checks to ensure that the “Are you a US Citizen” checkbox is valid.

3.   Eliminate same day registration. This is too prone to abuse. If you are not registered properly you have failed in your civic duty and can rectify it for the next election cycle.

4.   Cross-check voter registration rolls (public documents) across states. In recent years, North Carolina’s review of a few neighboring states found over 30,000 duplicate voters.

5.   Require all states to update their voter registration rolls against death certificates.

6.   Eliminate early voting. All voters should be making their decisions on the same, up-to-date news and information.

7.   Require photo ID with correct registered address to receive a ballot.

8.   Eliminate provisional ballots. Put voter registration rolls on line in a searchable database. If you’re not on the registrar’s list you must challenge and correct the rolls before the day of the vote. If you don’t, then you don’t get to vote.

9.   Dip all voter’s thumbs in indelible ink at the polling place when they are issued their ballot.  

10. Restrict absentee ballots to the properly-documented disabled and military. If you can’t be at home to vote your priorities are wrong.

11. Any precinct whose ballots aren’t turned in on time require a 100% audit against the registration list by a team comprised of at least two representatives from each party.

12. Any precinct that tallies more votes than the number of registered voters requires a 100% audit against the registration list by a team comprised of at least two representatives from each party.

13. Any illegal alien caught voting is arrested and deported.

14. Any citizen caught committing either voter registration fraud or voter fraud is sentenced to three years in prison w/o parole.

If these proposals sound draconian to you, I ask you to consider that Democrats have now refused to accept the results of the last two elections won by Republican presidents. If the reasons for this are truly their concerns about the legitimacy of the vote, they should welcome procedural changes to true the vote. If their reasons for rejecting Republican presidents lie outside of election legitimacy, then the reasons for their resistance to fixing America’s voting procedures becomes much clearer.

 

Paul Burich  lives in Milpitas, CA

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One Response to Addressing the integrity of America’s election system

  1. William Hicks July 7, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Sounds perfectly acceptable to those who really want only legal voters to vote. That’s why it won’t happen.

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