Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Candidate Review - Electoral Reform - Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has a full page on Electoral Reform as well. Nice to see. I find it mordantly funny that she describes herself as a champion of Electoral Reform, but let's see what her ideas are.
She has introduced the Count Every Vote Act to avoid repeating the problems of the past and ensure the integrity of our elections. Her bill:
* Provides a paper trail for every vote cast.
* Designates Election Day as a national holiday.
* Allows same-day registration.
* Minimizes long lines at the polls.
* Makes sure that impartial officials administer our elections.
* Allows the attorney general to bring suit against anyone using deceptive practices (like distributing flyers with incorrect information about voter eligibility) to keep voters from voting.
* Helps states invest in better voting technology.
Some of these sound pretty superficial (minimizing long lines at the polls?), while others are good ideas (making Election Day a national holiday and allowing same day registration).

On the other hand, I'd like to see Clinton talk about ensuring that better voting technology is secure. I'd also like to hear her talk about public financing of elections, which I think is pretty necessary.

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