Download e-book for iPad: A Return to Common Sense: Seven Bold Ways to Revitalize by Michael Waldman

By Michael Waldman

ISBN-10: 1402213654

ISBN-13: 9781402213656

Written via a former speech author for President invoice Clinton, "A go back to good judgment" contains a sequence of feedback for a way to enhance democracy in the United States. His seven feedback are:

1. finish Voter Registration as we all know It.
2. Rocking the Vote. (issues equivalent to voter identification, altering election day, altering the first system.)
3. cease Political Hacking. (use digital vote casting machines yet with scan-tron kind backups.)
4. crusade Finance Reform (public financing according to the NYC model)
5. Gerrymandering (stop the construction of "safe" districts for either Democrats and Republicans)
6. Flunk the Electoral university (recommends no longer altering the structure yet particularly going round it at a nation level)
7. fix assessments and Balances (more Congressional oversight of the administrative branch)

I don't have any challenge with a lot of those feedback yet Waldman is a section simplistic in a few of his strategies. for instance, he indicates a countrywide voter registration method yet has no plans for the way neighborhood election officers may still take care of neighborhood registrations.

He bemoans the truth that fundraising is so vital to the trendy Congress and the election process that calls for an never-ending offer of cash. He is also stricken that Congress doesn't do adequate to supervise the administrative department (with a few justification, for my part) yet on web page 128 belittles the efforts of Congress to enquire the Clinton Administration's use of White apartment Christmas playing cards to fundraise. Huh, you would imagine he'd be excited about oversight and proscribing fundraising...

Interestingly, he's very serious about Congressional oversight over the administrative and not frightened concerning the becoming energy of the court docket method in "creating " law.

His tips about altering the election day, the best way we create Congressional distructs, having paper backups for digital elections, crusade finance reform and lengthening Congressional oversight have worth. however, his feedback for the opposite difficulties are, generally, foolish and will be brushed off out of hand.

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72 Some argue that we simply ought not aim for more voting. If people can’t be bothered to care enough about issues or elections to show up, why is that bad? They echo those at the Constitutional Convention who warned that a wide franchise would mean government by the ignorant. qxd:ReturnToCommonSense 38 5/1/08 3:33 PM Page 38 A RETURN TO COMMON SENSE hard to vote on. So why not make it easier for those who do want to vote? Let’s explore some ways to do that. We assume that “the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November” is sacrosanct, perhaps written into the Constitution.

In all, 58,000 voters were targeted for removal. 49 Although a few Florida counties diligently investigated the names passed along by the state, many simply got the list and made the purge without asking questions. ”50 Of course, given the state’s 537-vote margin that decided the presidency, that “glitch” looked like a landslide. Secret purges are ripe for partisan mischief. In 2004, Florida planned to purge another 48,000 “suspected felons” from the voting rolls. But the list contained the names of 22,000 African Americans, and only 63 Hispanics.

The government updates that list every election year through mass mailings that remind voters to update their address information if it is wrong. In addition, taxpayers are given a box to check on returns asking if they would like to be registered, new citizens are asked if they would like to register to vote, and the elections authority receives information on changes in address or other information from Canada Post and various federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal agencies. Officials also add to the list by culling from auto registrations and local voter lists.

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