2004-12-02

Sign the Voters' Bill of Rights

SIGN THE VOTER'S BILL OF RIGHTS! The controversies surrounding the 2000 and 2004 election have revealed that our electoral system is broken. Far too many people are still voting on outdated machines. Far too many voters cast their ballots on touch-screen machines that have no paper trail. In the recent presidential election, too many voters--mostly the poor and people of color--stood in lines that were hours long. And too many citizens remain cynical about the basic mechanics of our democracy, the result of partisan administration of the elections. Sign the Voters Bill of Rights petition and tell America you are ready for voting reform: http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/petition_voter_bill_of_rights.php

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this Clint. I signed it because I agree with run-off voting and, like both sides of the aisle, I am very conserned about there being no paper trail to electronic voting.

The problems I have with this petition is that I think it may go too far in some respects. I like the idea of letting rehabilitated felons vote, but that's a fringe idea that many people won't endorse. I'm also ambivalent about the Electoral College, and haven't decided whether I approve or disapprove of it yet.

Of course, things like run-off voting and dismissing the electoral college require amending the Constitution. So if you find a petition that deals strictly with getting that paper-trail for electronic ballots, please post it. I think that is something we need immediately that Congress can get done in the next four years.

rAs

12/02/2004 08:59:00 PM 
Blogger ClintJCL said...

I disagree with your reason for disagreeing.

You want to find a common middle ground and meet them right at it, being sure not to ask for a single extra thing you might not get. To me, that's capitulating before the battle even starts. You have to ask for more than you want beucase they will never give you what you ask for in the first place........and whatever they give, they will immediately creep in upon -- therefore if you meet at the exact middle ground you will no longer be there even 1 day later... because whatever power is given to us erodes rather instantly. That's how America works (nowadays).

12/03/2004 09:30:00 AM 

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