This blog site is dedicated to the unknown Good Samaritan who on Sunday, August 4, 2019 saved my life by giving me CPR until the ambulance arrived. I also want to thank the Sarasota County Rescue #1 and the ER at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. This blog site on voting and elections is what I’m doing with the life you gave me back. I hope you approve.
Democracy works best when all of the people, not just some of the people, vote in fair elections after studying the issues and the candidates. Someday we will have a 90% voter turnout in a presidential election, not just of registered voters but of all U.S. citizens.
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Steve Scott, Blogger on Voting and Elections
“Getting more people to vote in free and fair elections.”
My Goals: A. The Electoral College was a great idea when it was created by our Founding Fathers in 1787. But the country has changed since 1787 and it’s not such a great idea today. We should adopt the National Popular Vote Compact to elect our president by direct popular vote until such time as a constitutional amendment can be passed replacing the Electoral College with a direct popular vote for president using Ranked Choice Voting.
B. Ranked Choice Voting will insure that elected officials will always win by at least 50% of the vote thereby avoiding the situation when Hitler won his election in 1932 in Germany by only 37% of the vote. And it will do it without having to have a second run-off election.
It will also help people who don’t like either major political party (a.k.a. Independents) have a better voice in elections but without lessening the stability we now have with a two party system. With Ranked Choice Voting voters who don’t like either major party candidate can have their voice heard by voting for a Third Party candidate that they like better as their #1 choice without “throwing their vote away”. If they choose the “lessor of two evils” as their 2nd or 3rd choice, if their first choice doesn’t win, their vote can still have an effect on which of the two major political party candidates wins the election.
With Ranked Choice Voting candidates will solicit 3rd party voters for their 2nd or 3rd choice votes. That way Independents who vote for 3rd party candidates as their first choice can still have some influence on the party platform of the major party winner even if their preferred Third Party candidate doesn’t win.
Ranked Choice Voting should be implemented in all 52 states for voting for president and members of Congress, as is now done in the state of Maine.
C. We should add the “All U.S. Citizens Should Vote.” Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guaranteeing the right to vote for all U.S. citizens. Period. No exceptions. The right to vote should be one of those unalienable rights, along with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, that makes our democracy so great.
The following 10 categories of U.S. citizens currently do not have the right to vote and this should be changed:
1. Statehood for Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. They’re U.S. citizens too. (Residents of D.C. can vote for president but they have no voting representation in the U.S. House or Senate.)
2. U.S. Citizens in the American Virgin Islands in the Caribbean and American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific should have the right to vote for President and members of Congress too. They would be represented by congressional districts in Miami, Florida or Honolulu, Hawaii. See The Not-Quite States of America by Doug Mack.
3. Let all U.S. citizen felons on parole, probation and in prison vote. We can’t say “All U.S. Citizens Should Vote.” unless felons have the right to vote too. If Maine, Vermont and D.C. can do it, so can the rest of America.
4. Some U.S. citizens are disenfranchised if they don’t register to vote up to 30 days prior to an election. We should have same day Election Day voter registration in all 52 states.
5. Vote by Mail should be available in all 52 states. Not everyone is able to vote in person on Election Day.
6. Many U.S. citizens can’t vote simply because they failed to register to vote or they moved and failed to notify the elections office. Auto pre-register voters at age 16 in high school (with an opt out). Auto update voter addresses when the Post Office receives a permanent change of address.
7. Let legal guardians vote by proxy for their mentally handicapped clients. Legal guardians now make medical, financial and legal decisions in the best interests of their clients. So why not let them make voting decisions in the best interests of their clients too? U.S. citizens with mental disabilities under guardianship should have their voices heard at the ballot box too.
8. Let parents/guardians vote by proxy for their U.S. citizen children under age 18. Children may not be capable of making intelligent voting decisions (neither are some adults), but if they’re U.S. citizens they deserve to have their voices heard in government too.
9. Require “Green Card” immigrants to become citizens after five years so they can vote. It’s not good for a democracy when millions of people who live here, work here, pay taxes and call this their home but don’t vote because they’re not U.S. citizens. Dual citizenship will be allowed.
10. Citizens should never have their citizenship taken away for any reason, even for treason. It would be too easy for corrupt governments to use this loophole to disenfranchise voters who disagree with them by taking away their citizenship.
“Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them…too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it….But I know also that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind…and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances; institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.” Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Samuel Kercheval, June 12, 1816.
Our democracy has worked well for almost 250 years. I’m spending my retirement years promoting the “All U.S. Citizens Should Vote.” amendment to the U.S. Constitution to help make our democracy work even better for the next 250 years.
I have been blogging on Voting and Elections since 2019(with a focus on democracy, not politics).
Personal Background: Born in South Portland, Maine in 1951, spent 30 years in Boston as an accountant/ bookkeeper for small nonprofit organizations. At age 50 I had a midlife career change and became a professional nanny. I have been registering new voters since 2007. LCDR, U.S. Navy Reserves (retired). I have been retired in Sarasota, Florida since 2012.