It seems to me that we’re not going to get lasting progress on issues that matter until we insist on fundamental voting reforms.
As long as primaries can be overturned at the whim of elected delegates & delegate votes overturned at the whim of the Delegation Chairs then current primary elections (and don’t even think of putting caucuses in the same category as an election) are meaningless.
It wasn’t that long ago that the popular vote was overturned NOT just by the Supreme Court deciding the outcome of the Florida election but, by the Electoral College which made that decision so critical. Without the Electoral College, those few votes in Florida wouldn’t have mattered at all. No one disputes that Al Gore won the popular vote for United States President in 2000.
And we also know that with electronic voting machines leaving no paper trail we can’t really rely on the vote counts anyway….
Therefore I’m proposing for your consideration: a Constitutional Amendment, “The Democracy Amendment”comprised of the following sections:
- Abolish Electoral College and replace with Popular vote
- National Presidential Primary … a single day for candidates of all potential candidates in whichever parties to run for President all on one day
- Hand count ballots by human beings in front of any interested voters: No electronic or mechanical or digital counting of ballots
- District of Columbia represented with full voting rights in US Senate & House. (and whatever else that would make them more fully human) …
Are there other voting issues that need to be addressed to give us an actual democracy?
The floor is open to amendments. But, I recommend keeping it simple.