In light of the ballot scandals of the 2018 Midterm elections Americans need a National Voter Rights Law. One law to rule over every polling place, board of elections and voters. As we have witnessed massive mistakes in Florida several times now a federal intervention for the entire country is needed. Federalism has failed us as each state creates more confusing and difficult methods for voting. How does your state regulate your voting? Do you need a state ID? Must your signature match? Can the homeless vote? What are your requirements to vote early or absentee? Each state in America has excessively different voting requirements. A uniform law would decrease voter and taxpayer burdens, create equality under the law, stabilize voting patterns and increase voting.
Burden of Proof
There are 33 states that have enacted new Voter Rights laws requiring photo ID. According to the ACLU it burdens the homeless, minority, elderly and people with disabilities. Heartbreaking but true, 11% of homeless are US veterans. The same people that fought for our freedom cannot use their own rights. The Great Generation or elderly, made America what it is today. We must allow them to vote. The Constitutional “majority rules with minority rights” is a burden in itself. Why stop the small number of minority voters (turnout is abysmal for ethnic minorities)? Burden is what we vote against.
As voter laws change, the chain of salaries, government advertising, free IDs, retraining of poll judges and watchers, and costs of reformatting electronic and paper legislative books skyrockets. A study from 2011 found Indiana spent more than $10 million, North Carolina over $25 million and $17 million in Missouri for voter rights law changes. Seven years later and our taxpayer costs for national recounts will be tens of millions. How much more are you willing to pay to vote?
One Database, One Vote
The costs of updating databases of voters is a strain on states resources. As states continue to climb out of the recession, yes unemployment is still higher than the national average in over 10 states, they must find new avenues for saving. A national database of voters with information directly sent from the state hosted voter registration options would allow states to monetarily focus on training poll judges, watchers and citizens. Proper long-term training would prepare poll employees for non-ID voters. Increased hiring of poll employees would eliminate long lines that have become a substantial burden in a 21st Century Democracy. What’s more important to you-quick, hassle free voting or millions down the vote hole?
We Are All Created Equal
If We The People are all created equal, than why are our laws lopsided? A national law that included the same requirements by each state is Constitutional. We must have equality for each voter, whether from Nevada or Vermont. Equality allows a socially conscious movement across the states encouraging voters. According to Pew Research, voter registration is lower in America than in most developed countries. One aspect is that registration is an individuals responsibility. If all voters across the US were registered automatically when they turn 18 under a National Voters Rights Law, voter turnout would increase. An increase in the ability and use of Democratic rights, invigorates national pride and commitment to Americas core values. Would you vote if you were automatically registered?
National Voter Stability
Indifference and low voter turnout is caused by last minute voting rights law changes, confusing and discouraging voters. One day a voter is confident of their rights, the next day their rights have changed. A national law that required any and all changes to be submitted within 1 year of passage of the law would not create voter scare. Confidence is key for voters. A national 45-day window for early registration would allow voters to use their rights conveniently. It wouldn’t allow the instability of their schedules to affect their democratic participation. Have you ever missed voting due to inconvenience or confusion? Millions have.
One Law to Rule Them All
A National Voter Rights Law would enable our democracy to flourish. Currently, only 55% of voters participated in the last presidential election-that’s only of registered voters not eligible voters. That number should tell lawmakers that something is not right in the voters mind. Our Midterms are historically lower and that low count trickles down to local elections. We the people must take our Constitutional rights more seriously. Low voter turnout encourages and sustains lifelong incumbency, expanded bureaucracy and weakens our rights. One vote can change our political world. It has many times.
How would you propose a National Voter Rights Law?