I see where the federal courts have struck down some State’s voting laws as unconstitutional in that they were really about suppressing the vote. To me that is a good thing. But in my mind our entire election process needs to be changed to allow everyone to vote when it is convenient for them. Why are we stuck to one work day to cast our choices of who will do the people’s business?
One of the basic problems with America’s democracy is that we vote at a much lower level than almost any democracy in the world. Too many of us, for whatever reason, just don’t bother to show up to do our duty at the polls. I kind of like Australia’s solution to their similar problem. They made it against the law not to vote! Well not quite but they did impose a fine on those who don’t vote. There solution caused participation to leap to almost 100%. Amazing… but that is probably not a viable solution for us. We are too ornery to use such a simple answer.
Another possible solution is to make it very easy for everyone to vote. Don’t just open the polls during working days or especially working hours. Give people more options. One of those current options that I recently took advantage of is early voting. That is going to my local courthouse and casting my ballot when it is convenient for me. But according to the graphic at the right only about half the States provide this option and it seems abundantly clear which States are denying the choice to their citizens.
It is widely recognized that southern States have a history of doing everything possible to prevent minorities for voting. In the past they did with with poll taxes and tests. Now they do it by other means. In my opinion the federal government should regulate voting processes and take it out of the hands of States with their racial and gender biases. Voting should be as easy as going to the grocery store for milk.