Changing the Election Process: Suggestions
Copyright, Melanie Arrowood Wilcox
There is an incredible opportunity heading our way. It will take courage, wisdom, and a willingness to sacrifice to make use of it. The stakes are greater than they have been in decades, maybe centuries.
Come the ninth of November, we will know who our newly-elected officials will be. We will be able to judge whether we have allies or opponents representing us in the struggle to reclaim our freedom. The pursuit of happiness, the desire to join together in order to promote the general welfare, and the future of our children are all on the table.
I say we grab them and don’t let go. We need to find that ethical center that has held us together since the late 1700s and gather around it.
There are many issues that need our attention. At this time we cannot trust our elected officials to represent “We the People.” They don’t serve the people; we all know it. They even acknowledge it, at least when they are behind closed doors.
One of the first things we must do to regain control of our nation is to regain control of our elected officials and our elections.
This is a list of some of my suggestions. Please start working on your own.
Let’s get them on the table before the State of the Union address in January. Send them to your current elected officials. After the election, send them to your new representatives. Send them to your local media. We have almost three months to get the word out.
The Election Process
Register all voters when they receive a Social Security number, either at birth or later in life.
Make Election Day a national holiday.
Allow at least 30 days of early voting. Polls should be open at least 2 Saturdays, 2 Sundays, and 4 days of 24-hour-access voting during early voting.
Polls should be open for the entire 24-hours of Election Day.
Eliminate the Electoral College.
Allocate representation strictly by population numbers. Districts will be drawn by computer programs.
Do not allow the release of exit-polling results until after all votes from all precincts are cast.
No laws changing how elections will be carried out or how voters may be registered or removed from voting lists may be enacted in the year before the affected elections are held.
Attempts to disenfranchise voters, including through bias or political affiliation, should be considered violations of the civil rights of individuals. These offenses require time in jail. Those responsible include all leadership and media operatives for the party found to have done this and the affiliated PACs. Additional penalties may include fines or loss of the right to vote for a minimum of 12 years of those involved in suppressing others’ rights to vote. The candidates who benefit from these attempts to suppress voting are ineligible to hold public office for the remainder of their lives.
Choosing a Nominee from the Candidates
When a candidate declares for office (no more than 9 months and no less than 7 months before the primaries), the following will occur within 30 days:
- All personal tax records will be released to the public by the appropriate government agency, including federal, state, local, and off-shore income, property, investments, and other taxes.
- Tax and licensing records for the businesses and organizations associated with the candidate will be made public by the appropriate government agency.
- A complete criminal background will be released to the public by all agencies associated with the personal and business addresses of the candidate since they reached the age of military service or voting (whichever comes first), including criminal and civil charges, convictions, and penalties.
The parties may only refuse candidates, based on the results of these sources of information, at least 1 month ahead of their primaries.
The nominees are not replaceable for any reason other than death or the commission or discovery of illegal activity, either criminal or civil. No candidate may be appointed as an alternative by a party less than 6 weeks before a general election.
All primaries must be held in the fourth month before the general election. Party conventions are to be held in the second month before the general election.
Any elected official campaigning more than 9 months before the upcoming election will be disqualified, effective immediately, from holding any office (federal, state, or local) for 6 years. Campaigning is defined as using any media or the attention normally a part of serving in office as a way to make speeches not related directly to current pending legislation.
The only public campaign funds available to any candidate are those through public funds collected from taxpayers via the Federal tax forms, which will have a checkbox to help fund candidates.
Individuals (a single human being) may choose to donate up to $1500 each, or a maximum of 2% of their income, whichever is lesser, directly to a campaign but not through a party or a party’s designated fundraising agent.
Corporations and nonprofit organizations may not donate more than a single human being may donate. Corporations and nonprofit organizations may only donate to city, county, state, or federal candidates that represent the specific place where their single main headquarters are located.
Attempts to require employees to vote as the corporation, nonprofit, corporate board, or owners of these entities prefer are voter intimidation and a violation of civil rights. These offenses require time in jail. Additional penalties may include fines or loss of the right to vote for a minimum of 12 years of those involved in suppressing others’ rights to vote.
Campaign advertising via any media is limited to six weeks before Election Day and is limited to those paid from campaign funds.
Interviews distributed by any form of media must be limited to a total of 450 minutes per candidate per network or website or other media outlet, to take place during the six weeks immediately before the Election. These must be unpaid. If one candidate is interviewed or appears in any media outlet, that outlet must provide equal time to all other candidates who can demonstrate support from at least 5% of the registered voters’ in the same precincts as the original interviewee.