A return to common sense : seven bold ways to revitalize by Michael Waldman

By Michael Waldman

A go back to logic is a passionate demand switch, a street map for restoring the imaginative and prescient of the Founding Fathers and renewing the good spirit of the USA the place the folk run the govt. and the govt works for the people.

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Women often change their names when they marry. ” The federal government checked, and learned it could find a Social Security match for voter information only half the time. Think of the great basketball player Yao Ming, all seven feet six of him. Yao is actually his surname—Ming is his first name. If you didn’t know that, voter registrars might not either. All told, the Brennan Center had every reason to expect that hundreds of thousands of voters would face a surprise disenfranchisement on Election Day.

You show up at a polling place, present some identification, you are registered—and you can vote. Minnesota, Maine, and Wisconsin instituted Election Day registration in the 1970s. Idaho, New Hampshire, and Wyoming did so a decade later. Montana passed it in 2006, in time for the midterm election; Iowa followed the next year. Nearly 4,000 Montanans registered on Election Day, more than the margin of victory for new Senator Jon Tester. In 2007, North Carolina instituted “same day” registration—voters can register any day during the early voting period two weeks before Election Day (but not the day itself).

It’s the one state in the nation where all voting is now done by mail. Everyone is mailed a ballot, which they must mail back or bring to a county drop-box. The system is popular in Oregon. Boosters argue it spurs turnout, while making it easier to count votes since they come in over a period of weeks rather than all in one chaotic day. This is part of a nationwide trend to allow voters to cast ballots before Election Day. 76 Still, Oregon stands out for eliminating Election Day altogether. Is it a good idea?

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