Slog Music

Music, Nightlife,
and Drinks

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Panel Determines That the Best Way to Get Americans to Vote Is to Make It Easy for Americans to Vote

Posted by on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Here's a shocker, from the New York Times:

A bipartisan panel created by President Obama after many voters waited hours to cast ballots in 2012 on Wednesday recommended ways to keep delays to no more than a half-hour...After surveying local officials, the commission also warned of two potential crises: Voting machines purchased a decade ago, when federal funds were made available as a post-recount remedy, are breaking down or obsolete. And local schools, long a favored polling place and accessible to the disabled, increasingly are unavailable as more of them restrict entry in response to shootings like the massacre in Newtown, Conn.

The panel has plenty more recommendations, including making it easy to register to vote online and expanding options like voting by mail. You should read the whole story. Now let's see how many Republican-run states are going to follow any of these suggestions. My guess is at or around zero.


Comments (16) RSS

Oldest First Unregistered On Registered On Add a comment
Pope Peabrain 1
Maybe all those NSA super computers would be put to better use registering and counting votes.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 23, 2014 at 7:55 AM · Report this
Make Election Day a national holiday and the kids would not be in school.
Posted by Bugnroolet on January 23, 2014 at 8:21 AM · Report this
It is kinda crap that we get holidays for pilgrims and baby Jesus and fireworks but not for democracy.
Posted by wxPDX on January 23, 2014 at 8:31 AM · Report this
Republicans assert that we need to make it more difficult to vote in order to protect the integrity of "legitimate" voters. The only way that logic works is if we have a problem of too many people trying to vote. That is hardly borne out by evidence. The Republicans will continue to throw up as many barriers as possible to voting precisely because it benefits them to do so.
Posted by NotYourStrawMan on January 23, 2014 at 8:41 AM · Report this
Universal Mail-In Voting (like we have here in WA State).

Problem solved.

You're welcome.
Posted by COMTE on January 23, 2014 at 8:46 AM · Report this
@ 6,
Oh so right.. I get to submit a dmv record, then I get to vote by mail. Wait, those that have DMV records already have ID's. Most ineligible voters are seniors. Chances are if you are 80, you don't have a valid drivers license. Their insurance is higher then a 16 year old. This doesn't even account for testing once again.
Mail works great for those already registered. It is a bit of a bitch for those whom haven't been registered.
A huge populace has never voted, nor seemed to think it has mattered. Many republicans are now targeting these groups for spending cuts. Groups that have never been targeted before.
Posted by pussnboots on January 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM · Report this
Matt from Denver 8
@ 7, that's why there are voting drives.
Posted by Matt from Denver on January 23, 2014 at 9:19 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 9
The republican party's platform is repugnant to the majority of citizens. They know this fact.

The only way republicans can win elections is by disenfranchising as many people as possible.

Of course they're against making voting easier.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 23, 2014 at 9:38 AM · Report this
venomlash 10
Election Day should be a national holiday. Of course, Republicans will fervently oppose such a proposal because they benefit from low turnout.
Posted by venomlash on January 23, 2014 at 9:38 AM · Report this
@ 8
Voting drives are awesome. Many have been discouraged.
If you live in Seattle, your mail in vote requires an almost 50¢ stamp. You have to make it to the post office to buy a single stamp. A bus ride to get to the post office costs a senior 75¢ to ride. The in person vote isn't just a transportation issue in King county, but also a time consuming one.
It isn't just the mean nasty Republicans that are making it increasingly harder for seniors to vote.
Posted by pussnboots on January 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM · Report this
meanie 12
Voting should be compulsory and subject to fines if not exercised, but then again so should military service.
Posted by meanie on January 23, 2014 at 10:02 AM · Report this

In WA State USPS will deliver ballots to the local County Assessor/Elections Office even if they have incorrect or no postage attached.

Also, there are numerous ways to register: online, at various county/state offices, by mail, you can even fax it in:…

In short, none of these is a particularly difficult obstacle to surmount.
Posted by COMTE on January 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM · Report this
Never mind that zero Republican run states will respond with any compliance to the new recommendations, you can look forward to those states passing laws to prohibit their county election officials from buying new machines, opening additional polling places, moving polling places to more accessible locations, or hiring additional poll workers.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on January 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 15

How is showing up to a polling place better for people who haven't been registered? You have to register a month in advance anyway; it's not like you can just show up, get registered, and then vote.

Speaking of seniors, don't you think it might be a hell of a lot easier for them to just fill out a mail-in ballot than to try to get a ride to their polling place?

And I've never had to submit any DMV records to register to vote and to sign up for a mail ballot.
Posted by keshmeshi on January 23, 2014 at 12:03 PM · Report this
watchout5 16
The NSA will intercept 100% of SMS traffic in the world but we can't figure out how to get people to vote. "America"
Posted by watchout5 on January 23, 2014 at 4:02 PM · Report this
Please vote for any Democrat in 2014 and 2016.
Posted by longwayhome on January 23, 2014 at 8:31 PM · Report this

Add a comment

Commenting on this item is available only to registered commenters.

All contents © Index Newspapers, LLC
1535 11th Ave (Third Floor), Seattle, WA 98122
Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Takedown Policy