Most Americans weren’t pleased with the Presidential Election results of 2016. Our election system did quite a foxtrot.
Then there’s the November 2018 elections. Each side of the aisle raised Cain over how votes were tallied in this state and that state.
Guess we shouldn’t expect much when donkeys and elephants run the show. Undeniably, no group has a bigger conflict of interest. It’s a sure recipe for shady schemes.
Seems time we replaced that mish-mash of an election process. We should start with the oldest parts, the Electoral College. It’s quite the parasite – devised to pilfer votes from the majority and give them to slaveowners. That’s right, slaveowners. Look it up. Wikipedia don’t lie.
That vote swindler reared its shameless head in 2016, second time in the last five Presidential Elections!
Now, there’s no doubt our Founding Fathers did a fine job with the Constitution. But with all due respect, they blew it when they added that trickery. Clearly, it needs to go.
Next, we have Public Enemy No. 1: Electronic Voting Machines. The company who made ATM machines built them. Only difference is with ATM’s you get a receipt if you want. Not with voting machines. That omission, along with the fact those machines are easier to hack than taking a straight-edge to a dandelion, affords quite the opportunity for trickery.
Don’t take my word. Look at what Google, CBS, and PBS say about it. Check out Bev Harris, she’s an expert on the subject.
Lastly, every state has their own voting process. Fifty sets of rules for one nation. And when it comes to Politicians who make up the rules, that amounts to a pile of self-serving ploys.
So, what do we do? We create a non-partisan Federal Election Agency – an independent entity that handles all aspects of our National Elections. (Not to be confused with the Federal Election Commission. They oversee campaign contributions. That’s a problem for another day.)
This Federal Election Agency should assure that the same voting procedures are in place everywhere in our nation. That includes providing every precinct with identical high security voting machines. Each machine will provide a receipt reflecting our vote – if we want one, AND a receipt that drops inside the secured machine.
That way the incorruptible people at the Federal Election Agency can choose to count the paper votes in any precinct, county or state.
Such measures just might assure that your vote, my vote, and even that crazy-haired neighbor’s vote counts (whether we want it to or not). What’s more patriotic than “We the People” honestly deciding who represents us?
After all, there is NO Democracy if a small, powerful group decides who rules us. Plain and simple, Democracy requires a voting process that allows each and every American to have an equal say on who rules. And ultimately, Democracy is in the honest count of the votes.
Roland Koncan, Esq.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272