Blog: Election laws need a tune-up

From the people who brought you the only convicted criminal ever appointed to the White House they now bring us a self-admitted serial sexual predator and pedophile along with his illegal alien, porn star wife. Although surprised, in a perverse way I am pleased to be able to continue posting comments regarding this selection of a totally insane narcissist for the next four years – or until he realizes it is an actual job and pulls a Palin.

On the plus side – at least here in the Daily Miner – we can live peacefully knowing the usual suspects will no longer be posting utter trash, nonsense and lies about both President Obama and Mrs Clinton. How wonderful that will be. Of course other rants of equal ridiculousness will continue because some people just cannot stop themselves from being foolish.

As a country we will now see nations around the world turn their backs on us because President Trump will not honor our obligations and long held positions involving mutual protection and assistance. However, Trump will not be able to arrest those people with whom he has disagreed – although he will set-up an enemies list that will rival Nixon’s, one of the disgusting GOP presidents of the past. He will not be able to reverse Roe V Wade, another canard expressed by every GOPer candidate since Reagan (once elected they always back off).

We will see massive loss of rights gained over the past few decades as Congress does away with anything that offers rights and protections to every American in favor of the wealthy. The saddest of all will be watching the intellectually challenged realizing Trump has no use for them as he works to take away their Social Security and Medicare along with a long list of protections offered to the poor, the middle class, veterans, children and the disabled.

Moving ahead we now need to take a serious look at fixing the mess known as voting in this nation. States have proven they are totally incapable of handling voting, but I do not advocate taking the control of voting – for local and state elections – away from them. Let them screw those up any way they want, just keep them a safe distance from federal elections. However, we need national standards and federal laws dealing specifically with federal elections. Those standards would apply to Presidential, Senate and House races along with constitutional issues (in case some idiots decide to mess with the Constitution).

There should be a standard federal voter ID card issued to all citizens, above age 18, holding a valid Social Security card. That card could also be used by the states, but if they choose not to acknowledge the Federal ID no big deal. However, no state could prevent a person holding a Federal ID from voting in a federal election.

Federal laws need to be changed so that any individual convicted of or admitting to committing voter fraud will lose their right to vote for life – with a retroactive base covering the period from 1920 forward. States will still be allowed to let such felons the right to vote, but only in local or state elections.

States will not be allowed to put in effect any law, regulation or ordinance that would prevent or make it difficult for any eligible American citizen to vote. Also, no state could institute any law, regulation or ordinance that would impede the gathering of ballots from registered voters for transport to a polling location, drop box or official office.

Federal funds must be made available for states to upgrade their voting machines, scanning equipment or any other method they use to tabulate votes. Currently, millions of means of tabulating are outdated, outmoded or just plain disasters. Those wishing paper ballots will still have access to them.

National elections should be held on the first weekend in November – both Saturday and Sunday – making it easier for more Americans to vote.

This is the standard in many nations around the world and works very well in increasing participation in elections and it should be the goal to make voting easier for every citizen. There should also be a two-week early voting window prior to the official election day that would be available at convenient locations with hours from 9AM to 8PM daily. In addition mail-in ballots will also be made available and if any state opts to use only mail-in ballots those ballots would also cover federal elections. States would be allowed to hold state elections whenever they choose, with extra costs of such elections to be borne by state taxpayers.

The concept of automatic voter registration should be extended to all states allowing more voters access to the polls by making certain they are registered. This program has proven itself in Oregon and in other nations with no drawbacks.

Campaign “season” needs to be drastically cut back. This last debacle lasted twenty months. Other nations have short campaigns with Japan’s lasting just 12 days and the longest in Canada’s recent history lasting 11 weeks. A 90-day campaign season should be more than enough. Nominating conventions would not be allowed more than 30 days prior to the start of the official campaign period.

Campaign spending needs to be limited. Numerous nations restrict the amount that can be spent on campaigns along with a limited amount of advertising time. In Germany political ads are restricted to one 90 second spot with parties given airtime on two public television networks based on their performance in past elections and the size of their party. Many countries successfully use public financing of campaigns as a way to regulate costs and relieving the need for reliance on wealthy donors. In Norway's 2013 elections, 67% of political party income was provided by the government.

There should be compulsory voting with penalties for failing to vote. Twenty-two nations, including Australia, have mandatory voting laws that virtually eliminate any socio-economic prejudice (poor voters, as a rule, are less likely to vote) while allowing parties to spotlight their message without spending funds to “get out the vote.” Those opting to not vote would be fined (a hundred dollar fine sounds good) and/or denied access to government services.

Following along with Nevada there should be a “none-of-the-above” option on all ballots allowing voters to indicate they are not in favor of any candidate or initiative. Such an option appears on ballots in other nations as well.

PAC’s using Dark Money to hide their donors need to be done way with. If an individual or corporation is ashamed to indicate whom they are supporting they should not be allowed to donate. In a similar move the disastrous Citizen’s United decision needs to be reversed. Corporations are not people and should not have the right to influence voters without disclosing who they are. It is bad enough that we have lobbyists writing legislation.

Campaign advertising making spurious claims about candidates must be able to show actual proof of their claims. Calling someone a criminal, a killer, a thief, un-American or any of the other trash spewed needs to be qualified with actual facts. If someone claims their opponent is a criminal then the indictment, arrest, trial, conviction and punishment for such crimes need to be detailed – orally, not in some “mice-type” on the screen for a millisecond.

There are most likely many other corrections that can be made to our screwed up election system, but the above are just a few thoughts on where to begin – now – so that the next time around charges of “rigging” elections can be immediately discounted.

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Gunguy45 2 months ago

Great...just lost a reply...again! Not sure why. Well, it probably wouldn't have been posted since it was getting a bit long. Sure would be nice if KDM had some sort of save feature like so many sites do. Where you can go back and restore saved content?

Suffice it to say, I disagreed with many of his "suggestions" and the personal attacks that have been disproven time and time again. I would like the writer to provide incontrovertible evidence of his claims against Mr Trump and his wife.

He may be surprised to know that I mostly agree with some items regarding campaigning, funding and spending, time/length of the election and a few others. I'd like to add that any paid elected official should have to relinquish the position they hold in order to run for another office. Why should they have a safety net if they lose?

Again, to KDM. I sure wish you would ask Mr Moore to provide an updated photo. Heck even you editors changed yours not too long ago.

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HwyRover 2 months ago

To start, the information I proved about the serial sexual predator/pedophile and his unattractive, illegal alien, porn star wife have not been disproven. Trump self-admitted to being a serial sexual predator on tape and did the same thing admitting to being a pedophile on tape. Recent disclosures show that grotesque woman to have lied on her immigration status by not admitting to having been here and working without a visa – that is against the law and she should be locked up pending a deportation hearing. She is a porn star as proven by the dozens of disgusting photos of here all over the internet. Now, tell me how any of these facts have been “disproven?”

As to my photo, the KDM recently asked for a new photo and I provided it. Sorry my handsomeness disturbs you so.

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Freedom928 2 months ago

Provide a link to when Trump admitted to being a sexual predator and pedophile on tape. If you're referring to big locker room talk; you're making a mountain out of an ant hill but then that's what you lib-prog Alinsky followers do. Twist the facts into something completely unrecognizable.

So you're saying this picture above is you currently at the age of 73? I guess it's true what they say about fat pushing the wrinkles out then if true. I have my doubts though.

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HwyRover 2 months ago

Yep my fat face is proof that wrinkles can be avoided. Now explain to us what my being fat has to do with the conversation at hand?

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Tjdenton 2 months ago

Youre still on here crying? You lost buddy, your party lost, you laughed at those who said republicans and Donald Trump would beat that treasonous criminal in the general. Now you and your sad sad party lost and you cant stop crying about it. A symptom of bleeding heart liberalism I know but none of us here in Red AZ care about it amigo.
Senate - Republican. HOR- Republican. White House - Republican. Supreme Court - Supremely Conservative!

Hahahaha get your tissues ready bud, gonna be a long 4 years and you personally wont see the supreme court sit in favor of weak liberal idelogies for the rest of your natural life. I just...I just love it!

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HwyRover 2 months ago

I did not lose anything. Taking an election defeat personally is actually rather moronic. Unfortunately America will lose - big time - over the period Trump is in office (I suspect he'll pull a Palin before too long when he realizes he is going to have to actually work for the first time in his useless life).

Why the sore winners think the rest of us are "crying" is ridiculous. Our nation survived the eight year reign of error of that idiot Bush kid and we'll survive this moron. With luck the next Democrat will be able to rebuild out nation as effectively as Obama did.

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Wildrose 2 months ago

This moron is a billionaire, works 20 hour days. Are you for real? Your little story about his wife is a complete lie also. She is an American citizen period.

But if something about it bothers you, how could you support Obama, the king of fishy immigration such as the Dreamers?? Really??

The good news; already many illegals are self deporting. Not something new - it has happened before when a president with cajones was elected and the illegals KNEW HE WOULD UPHOLD THE LAWS OF OUR LAND.

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HwyRover 2 months ago

The poor, sad, sore winners continue to post nonsense in hopes of some way soothing their “Christian” soul for voting for a serial sexual predator and pedophile.

We have no way of knowing if Dump is a billionaire or a bum because je refused to let the American people see his tax returns – what is he hiding?

His singularly unattractive wife is not an American citizen based on her lying during her immigration hearings about being in the county and working without a visa. For the uninformed that is against the law and negates her citizenship status and she should be incarcerated for a few months until a deportation hearing can be held.

And where is this “news” about people self-deporting? Always curious how this commenter “knows” things no one else is aware of.

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Wildrose 2 months ago

TJdenton - you forgot all the Republican governors. The Democrat party is in the worst shape it has been in in "forever". I love it too. They are in complete chaos behind the scenes...chasing their tails....trying to figure out who "done" this to them. They did it to themselves of course.

Haughty, proud, lying, breaking laws repeatedly as Obama and Hillary have done. Their complete disregard for what is right for years is stunning and finally....our side had just had enough. Obviously, even other liberals couldn't take it anymore.

So again, Bob Moore. You lost big time. Deal with it.

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HwyRover 2 months ago

Once again, I did not lose anything, period. I watched as sad, pathetic people were hoodwinked by another loser and I will watch as they "suck wind" trying to figure out why he is screwing them over.

And never, ever forget, your serial sexual offender and pedophile candidate did not win the support of the majority of Americans.

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RR 2 months ago

As a Democrat, even I, find all of this whining disgusting. Protests, complaining about Trumps accusations and ideologies, whats it going to accomplish? The election was fair, and half the country is happy. So we lost, big deal, the sun will still rise in the East tomorrow. Best of all, I can get me one of those nifty "the out of office countdown calendars", Trump edition!

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HwyRover 2 months ago

Watch for next weeks blog on Trump's Campaign Promises. You're gonna love it.

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Freedom928 2 months ago

I still can't believe the KDM has lowered its standards so low as to allow your petty BS to be printed here. Now if this was anti-American California or NY I could see it but not here in Mohave County. Someone's judgment is seriously lacking.

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HwyRover 2 months ago

It is now available - enjoy!

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OlderNWiser 2 months ago

Bob...your candidate lost. Stop the non stop one party blind allegiance. Get over it already. Trump was elected.

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HwyRover 2 months ago

WHAT? My candidate lost? Holy crap - why didn't someone tell me?

Actually America lost as you will soon see.

And BTW Trump was not elected by the majority of the American people, just sayin'. Never forget that fact.

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HwyRover 2 months ago

WHAT! My candidate lost? Why wasn't I told? Oh wait, the American people, by a very wide margin, elected my candidate - yours however slipped through the cracks. Sounds like some major "vote rigging" to me.

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kdmineruser1 2 months ago

Kinda sounds like God put His 2 cents worth into the election to save America from Hillary!

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OlderNWiser 2 months ago

HWY Rover Blab what ya want and remember you can keep your doctor and the cost of insurance will come down.

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HwyRover 2 months ago

Yep, that is exactly what happened - I kept my doctor and my supplemental health insurance costs went down. Thank you for stating the truth - for once.

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Freedom928 2 months ago

HRC lost both the popular vote and the electoral vote; get over it.

For those who don't know how this process works; in some states they stop counting ballots once a certain threshold for a winner is reached. Unless there's a compelling reason the rest of the ballots never get counted. As far as HRC winning; it's statistically impossible. She lost both. Time for the small-minded people to get over it and move on with their little lives rather than pollute the pages of the opinion section here.

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HwyRover 2 months ago

Nope, as of last Friday Clinton held a 668,483 lead over Dump, with 61,039,676 votes to Trump’s 60,371,193. As states gather their final tallies, Clinton’s lead will grow even more. It is suspected Clinton will wind up with 2 million more votes than Trump.

You may now apologize for posting incorrect information.

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Freedom928 2 months ago

Not true but since its estimated 3 million illegals voted in California alone it makes the popular vote moot anyway. The entire purpose of the Electoral College vote was to prevent something like a lopsided, likely illegal (I'd say definitely illegal), election from being corrupted by a majority.

Remember; we are a constitutional REPUBLIC. In a straight democracy where the majority rules the entire system soon fails as the majority realizes it can vote itself money from the treasury or do a number of other heinous things. The country has spoken and has made our government, the executive, legislative, and soon again, the judicial branch all right leaning. The people wanted this because the right can be trusted; the left cannot. Not ever. The left, including the media, has proven itself to be utterly and completely corrupt. Period. You brought this on yourselves.

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