Nothing is off the table - eliminate only 1 thing and state why you chose it and the expected improvements we'd see. Try not to be the person saying they need to put two or three ideas or several connected ideas - it takes the spirit of the process away. This is a legitimate time to seriously think about something that would be helpful, possibly even a bi-partisan idea.
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I'd add some provision to monitor the mail-in balloting - real abuses happen through proxy voting that way
I think most people would agree that we need term limits - interesting how the fear of having Steve Bannon crawl trough their lives is causing many of them to say they will not run again
I don't think that is what they are afraid of. They just look at the poll and figure they don't have a chance. These GOP RINO are spineless. They run at the first chance of losing...
We already have term limits as the voters can initiate it at any time. The real problem is the voter and especially the loyal party voter. If a politician isn't doing the job for the people, the voters should not reelect them.
How would you keep regular citizens from de-facto advertising of a candidate? I think your ideas would be helpful, but seem difficult to enforce.
How much equal time? There are many diffrent parties besides the big 2. who would decide who gets the equal time? Would a party with 200 followers get the same as one with 2 million?
Only if the rule was clarified by the FCC. I worked in radio when the equal time provision was in effect,. The FCC didn't clarify rule & nobody knew how to interpret, result was chilling effect on political advertising and free air time to object
Well, set contribution limits in line with reasonable amounts which could be afforded by an average income. Equal time for all candidates could include other parties. And should. The two parties don't appear to be representative of many.
How about setting spending limits for campaigns? They have to run on a limited budget. That way we know how good they might be with OUR money. Trump beat Hillary and spent a lot less than she did..
How would anyone be able to monitor the spending? The DNC wouldn't even let the FBI look at their servers when they claimed to have been hacked - I doubt they would share any financial figures.
If they did away with the electoral college there could be the ability for more than two parties.
Without the EC most presidential candidates would ignore the needs of the small states and just campaign in the big ones. The rest of the states would become the flyover states. Should CA, TX and NY be the only ones to pick our leaders?
Mike, that doesn't make a bit of sense.
Large population centers would decide who wins by way of the larger population (votes). A Vote in CA would be worth more than a vote in OK or CT. Why would a candidate go to a state with a population less than 1 million votes?
Mike, It works the same way with EC. The larger the population the more electoral votes. Except all the EC votes go to the majority. By popular vote the votes go where they belong.
If the EC wasn’t limited to a set amount & just on population then places like CA & NY would have most of the EC. A state like mine (Ohio) wouldn’t matter. Just ask Hillary about the popular vote vs the EC. I think you will find her on her bo
Greg and Mike, you are both making good theoretical points. That's why I would like to see an election with a real live demonstration. Our population has grown and shifted since the theory was first enacted.
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I like what you are saying - what's your thoughts/solution on how to deal with the growing numbers of mail-in or absentee ballots - i believe there is a lot of people who think this area of the vote is rife with fraud
it IS rife with fraud, the county right next to the one I live in had a poll station's workers caught in a backroom filling out ballots by the hundreds... the system is total garbage that we have today, it could easily be fixed with strong ID checks
Popular vote would be the better way. That way everyone's vote would count. With EC personal votes don't count. I am glad EC worked this time around, but I have always been for popular vote. Also, have to show ID or proof of citizenship when voting.
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