Improve American democracy: stop electing these positions!
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m pretty certain that governance in the US would be improved if we stopped electing a lot of people at the state and local level we currently elect. Such as:
—judges. Seriously. Do it the US Constitution way with impeachment. You can even term limit them if you need to. But giving $ to judicial campaigns stinks no matter how legal it is.
—Sheriffs: For sure. The moment you make law enforcement a campaign tool, you get political enforcement, not law enforcement.
—States’ attorneys/district attorneys: Ditto.
—Coroners. Really: we elect the coroner here. On what basis? You don’t need any qualifications at all to be a coroner where I live. There’s your CSI for you.
—County clerks; registrars; recorders of deeds: you name it. If people are worried about their elections, the offices are about elections, not service.
No doubt there are lots of other positions—and no, I don’t mean “Congress,” etc.
“Evidence shows that early voting increases as Election Day nears — the weekend before Election Day has particularly high turnout. Mandating the availability of weekend voting, as well as both standard business and non-business hours during the week, frees citizens from making a choice between work and voting. ”—
The Brennan Center’s new report, How To Fix Long Lines, on how important weekend voting is to increasing American voter turnout and making sure all Americans have a chance to vote.
Please do not assume I am an Obama supporter because I do not support Romney.
I support election reform and voting for people who represent you — not just the lesser of two evils.
Fuck the first-past-the-post election system. Fuck the electoral college. Democracy run using these two techniques is not democracy, it is a way to keep the people down. Let’s try something new, thanks.