Making Government Operations More Open

Paper Ballot Requirement in all Fifty States

3. Paper Ballot Requirement: The use of paperless voting machines will henceforth be disallowed for presidential and congressional elections in all states. Paper ballot provides a concrete record of voter will and intent. The use of voting machines should never be allowed in any state; there will always be a will to defraud and whenever there is a will there is a way.

• Provisional ballots should count as a vote. Modern election fraud is about throwing out votes and provisional ballots are generally not counted as a vote.

• Election Day should be on a weekend. Voting should be mandatory with fines for not voting. The fine should not be steep but should encourage turn out. Business must allow workers to vote with punitive fines should they not allow workers to vote. Election Day should be reconsidered as more than one day, for instance, Saturday and Sunday.

• Institute an online voting system with Real ID as validation device. This would allow people to see that their vote was counted along with individual voting history.

• This year I sent in an absentee ballot about four weeks prior to November 4, 2008 election day. I have no way of knowing if my vote was counted or if any absentee ballot was counted. The nature of clouding election committee ballot counts must become more transparent and uniform.


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    You're assuming that people only work on Tuesdays, with your weekend voting. Somewhere along the line you are going to have groups of people angered by weekend voting. Groups claiming that weekend workers are mostly minorities (I have no idea if this is accurate or not)

    Manditory voting?? How about you have to take an intelligence test before getting a voting license. If you're not smart enough to vote, I'd prefer you not do so. Not voting can also be considered a protest vote.

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    kdtroxel ( Idea Submitter )

    Love this comment, the voice of the unheard protester by not voting. That is the laziest bit of logic I have heard in a long time. Actually I have several friends who did not vote because they are disenfranchised by the whole idea that their vote actually means something or is even counted. And I must admit they do have a point. We as a nation have witnessed two stolen elections under the Bush Jr. Regime. The first being done with electronic voting machine fraud, tossing out votes and entire counties, running out of ballots in certain sections, issuance of provisional ballots which are not counted, identification requirements, and mass misinformation campaigns as to the actual date to vote. The second election in 2004 was defrauded mostly by the mass media misinformation campaign by never talking about George W. Bush. The media gave Bush a pass and never questioned him on any serious level. The 2004 election still used the tried and true dirty tricks, they work and was never questioned the first time around in 2000.

    Here in Iowa we have paper ballots and we use a pencil to mark our votes, then they are counted in an optical reader. The ballots are physical and can be rescanned to certify the process.

    Diabold voting machine fraud should have been punished with a capital if not treasonous offense, rather than slapping them with a few million dollar fine and allowing them to continue use of there machines. Link: Henceforth, when reaching for an example of mind-boggling incompetence, please say "Premier" rather than "Diebold," because Diebold Election Systems is now Premier Election Systems.

    "DELAND, Fla., Nov. 11, 2000 - Something very strange happened on election night to Deborah Tannenbaum, a Democratic Party official in Volusia County. At 10 p.m., she called the county elections department and learned that Al Gore was leading George W. Bush 83,000 votes to 62,000. But when she checked the county's Web site for an update half an hour later, she found a startling development: Gore's count had dropped by 16,000 votes, while an obscure Socialist candidate had picked up 10,000--all because of a single precinct with only 600 voters." Link:/

    “The 2004 US Elections:The Mother of all Vote Frauds”