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Monday, November 12, 2012

Send In The Feds

Yes, we still need Section 5.  But in a better world, we'd also Federalize our voting system.

I know it can't happen thanks to the GOPmandered House, but Congress has the constitutional authority: under Article I, Section 4, to regulate Congressional elections; under Article II, Section 1, to set the time to choose Electors; under the 14th, 15th, 19th, 24th and 26th Amendments to guarantee voting rights through appropriate legislation.  That would be the best way to protect the franchise universally, with no singling out of Jim Crow states (see WI, OH, AZ and PA), and get around any SCOTUS ruling against the VRA.

Indeed, bad states could still fuck things up since Congress can't regulate local/state elections--they might erect more barriers for their offices, make sure there's more gerrymandering as a result, etc.  Ultimately, however, they won't want any disparity between modern Federal contests and their shitty provincial ones, so it will become uniform (if only because of cost pressures in maintaining 2 systems).

But in the foreseeable future, we'll be stuck with an antiquated, patchwork system that makes us look like totally stupid assholes who hate democracy when compared to the rest of the civilized world.

ntodd

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