Yup, Walker himself.
That’s gotta hurt. But then he deserves it. Wisconsin Republicans passed the bill after a Trump challenger dared to request a recount in 2016. Lesson: When you enact laws that favor one party over another, it’s inevitably going to come back around to bite you. As they say, karma is a …
As a nation, we’d be smart to just play elections down the middle and stop trying so hard to screw over the other side. It isn’t, after all, a game. It’s our country.
Here’s how we fix things:
- End gerrymandering nationwide. (Michigan finally just did this – kind of. New abuses await, I’m sure. Watch both sides try to pack the “independent” slots on the boundary committee). Gerrymandering is drawing voting precinct lines so they benefit your party. No matter which party is doing it, it’s wrong and evil and everyone knows it. Why aren’t voting districts mandated by the federal government using a standardized system?
- Act like good boys and girls and stop trying to suppress the vote. This year, one of the worst examples was in North Dakota, where the state decided Native Americans, in order to vote, had to provide street addresses, which are generally not used on reservations. This ticked them off so bad that more of them turned out to vote than in 2016. Again, karma. Then there was Georgia. This one set a new low. The guy running to be governor, who was also in charge of the election, kicked thousands of likely Democratic voters off the voter rolls then made sure there were so few voting precincts and booths in black neighborhoods that many gave up and went home without voting. How’d you like to play Monopoly against that guy? “I start with all the railroads and Park Place. You only get to roll one die.”
- Make it easier to register. Why everyone who’s a citizen of the United States isn’t automatically registered to vote is beyond me. Isn’t the goal to get more people voting, not fewer? Why do we make this such a hassle? (Rhetorical question. I know the answer.)
- Ban polls. Polls have helped turn political races into horse races, which they’re not. It drives me nuts to hear a candidate is “behind” by eight points when no one has voted. Polls steer results more than they predict them. Pollsters love to claim their precious polls are “scientific” and yet they are frequently terribly wrong. That’s science? I thought science was about finding immutable laws? Sorry, the human heart isn’t predictable. Pollsters are lying to you.
- Go back to paper ballots. They take longer to count but at least you can’t hack paper.
- Make Election Day a national holiday. States could do this, too. Or give people three days to vote. Or make it a weekend. What’s the rush?
- Fine and shame people who don’t vote. I’m not kidding. Much of the world would love to have the right to vote in elections that aren’t rigged. And yet, here in the U.S., the biggest political party by far, is “Didn’t Bother.” And if we don’t fine people for not voting then we should at least fine them for whining afterward about the government. Those people drive me nuts.
- Ban political ads. Everyone hates them and they turn elections into contests to see who can raise and waste the most money. If you want information on a candidate, go listen to them speak or, here’s an idea, read a newspaper.
- Vote online. We file our taxes online. We register our cars online. Why shouldn’t we vote online? (And, no, I don’t see a contradiction in using paper ballots at the precinct, if you choose to go that route. Options, people. You could do either/or. One gives you a paper trail, the other is far more secure than voting machines at the precinct level.)
- This is by far the most important reform we could make: Create an Andy-only voting check-in line at the precinct.
I really hate to wait.