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Reader offers ideas for reforming the election process

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On election days, I pack a lunch and go to the polls when they open and keep voting until they close.

I do this because I belong to Dead Democrats Voting for Republicans, and I’m not required to show my photo ID.

Two weeks after this past election, they were still counting votes. If your guy won, you’re happy and if he didn’t, you’re not, and some of you won’t be satisfied with the integrity of this or any election even with do-overs.

If you want to spoil my fun and wake to find who legitimately won, we need a uniform standard for federal elections where all citizens are treated equally. States could still keep their standards for voting for state and local offices, but most would probably change theirs to comply with those adopted by Congress.

Twenty-seven states, including New Mexico and the District of Colombia, allow anyone to get an absentee ballot without giving a reason or showing proof of citizenship. Twenty-one states require some excuse like I’m in the military away from home or I have a disability that keeps me from going to the polls.

Any citizen 18 and older should provide a valid photo ID from an approved federal or state agency to register to vote and to vote. Those applying for an absentee ballot need to submit a copy of their photo ID. Photo IDs are needed to enter federal buildings, board airplanes, obtain benefits and many other things.

Voting should not be so easy that it invites fraud. The polls could stay open longer, so everyone can be given the opportunity to vote, but the early voting period shouldn’t be any longer than two or three weeks before an election. To keep corrupt election officials from finding ballots in the trunk of their cars, absentee ballots should be counted first.

The biggest obstacle to election reform is the tens of millions of our neighbors, perhaps you, who have hearts of thieves. They covet what’s not theirs, and they’ll vote for the party who’ll dig deep into the rich man’s or taxpayers’ pockets to give them stuff, if not for themselves, for others. They’d give their guys the ability to steal elections to get or give stuff.

With a divided Congress, it’s unlikely reforming elections will be a priority, but it can be in 2020 if you make it so.

Ralph Rivera
Roswell