by Timothy Rollins, Editor and Publisher
Second of Two Parts
November 10, 2005
Part 1, I addressed Wisconsin voter fraud, and how Democrat Governor Jim Doyle
(right) vetoed three times a requirement for photo identification. As a result,
it's now headed to the voters in the form of a constitutional amendment, a time-consuming
and costly process that could be solved with Doyle's signature. Such a move
by Doyle has provided his Republican opponents - House Republican Mark Green
of Green Bay, and Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker - more than plenty
of ammunition to go after Doyle, and presents an issue that could send Doyle
back into private practice after the next year's elections.
To reduce the likelihood of voter fraud and assist in removing Wisconsin from
the list of national laughingstocks, it's essential legitimate safeguards be
set in place with meaningful enforcement mechanisms to allow the integrity and
purity of the vote to be maintained.
As promised, here are proposed solutions designed to help eliminate these problems.
Since all states hold federal elections for Congress and the Presidency, standards
should be uniform throughout the country. States that fail to implement these
requirements should have ALL FEDERAL FUNDING cut off - until they comply.
- Wipe the state voter database clean and start anew.
In this instance, collect social security numbers to eliminate duplicate registration.
- Eliminate motor-voter registration that allows
drivers to register to vote at the same location they get their license, unless
it becomes a full voting registrar office where proof of identity AND U.S.
Citizenship are required as part of registration. This can actually be done
by using a single booth and designating it a field registrar office, and restricting
vote registration only to registrar offices.
- REQUIRE photo identification in order to vote.
- Instead of high-tech machines that count the votes,
use plain paper ballots where people mark an "X" in the box. After
closing - with monitors from all parties present - count the votes by hand
and have the monitors sign off on the results. It may take an hour or so longer,
but so what.
- Put an age 75 maximum on poll workers and require
a minimum of 32 hours training before putting them in place.
- Eliminate same-day voter registration to reduce
voter fraud, and place a minimum residency requirement of 28 days before voting.
For new move-ins, they vote absentee from their old location.
- Absentee voters send in their card, an absentee
ballot and a photocopy of their photo ID. The ballot goes in the smaller sealed
envelope, the voter card and the photocopy of the ID goes in the larger envelope
addressed to the county registrars.
- Military and overseas ballots are allowed until
30 November to arrive at the county.
- Polls open at 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time the Monday
evening before the election for a 24-hour period worldwide and close Tuesday
at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday Election Day. This prevents networks from discouraging
people from voting by 'calling states' one way or the other. It also makes
for a uniform closing time that benefits all Americans, especially those living
in states like Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and other states that straddle two
- With the new database, send out voting cards with
the voter's name and day, time and location of polling place 30 days prior
to the election. These cards, along with photo identification, will permit
the voter to cast their ballot. The voting cards will be retained at the polling
place to (a), be compared to the check-off list of who in the precinct showed
up to vote; and (b), to ensure that he number of voting cards matches exactly
to the number of ballots cast, thus reducing the chances of ballot boxes have
not been stuffed. Discrepancies will be resolved by the US Attorney's office.
- For those who cannot afford photo identification,
they can go to their caseworker - if they are on social assistance - and get
a voucher that they can then take to the local Motor Vehicles Office. The
local DMV takes the voucher as item-specific payment for the photo ID and
submits it to the county for reimbursement.
- For those unable to afford transportation to a
voting office or field voting station in a DMV office such as the urban poor,
or seniors confined to an assisted living center, a specially-equipped van
with two deputies in a sheriff's cruiser can make the trip to various neighborhoods
to assist these people in ensuring they have the opportunity to register to
vote and that they - Governor Doyle's assertions notwithstanding - are not
disenfranchised from the voting process.
- Like Afghanistan and Iraq where a finger is dipped
in ink to symbolize voting, the left hand of the voters can be stamped with
ink lasting for 24-36 hours, much like what is done when one goes clubbing.
It doesn't wash off, but fades naturally and is visible only under black light.
As additional measures to protect the integrity of the vote, there needs to
be weekly updates in the state voter database of the following:
As stated before in the first part of this series, people don't have a right
to whine and moan about the issues unless they have a meaningful solution to
offer. This one is mine. I believe it to be fair and to have a broad bipartisan
appeal, in that it allows for the free and open exchange of ideas to be king,
while ensuring that every vote cast is a fair and legal vote. In doing so, we
will no longer hear nightmares of Marquette students who in 2000 voted 11 times
for Al Gore, or worse, in the future. ***
© 2005 Timothy Rollins
A veteran writer, Timothy Rollins brings a wealth of political experience
dating back more than 30 years, and military experience going back more than
25. He is a freelance writer and policy analyst living here in Milwaukee who
has been featured on both television and radio. He has appeared both in online
publications as well as in print newspapers such as USA TODAY, the Deseret News
in Salt Lake City and the Daily Herald in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He can be reached
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Photo of Timothy Rollins courtesy of staff files
- Photo of Governor Jim Doyle (D-WI) courtesy of Wistravel.com
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