U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently suggested that we need national election standards.
Election officials across the county should “be striving to administer elections more efficiently and more fairly,” Holder said, according to the remarks.
“This means taking steps to address long lines at polling places — and ensuring that every polling place has an adequate number of voting machines,” Holder said. “We must acknowledge that giving our fellow citizens access to the voting booth for longer hours and over additional days will enable more of them to cast their ballots without unduly interfering with the work or family obligations that so many have.”
Holder also said that the “ordinary citizens who, just last month, endured long lines, biting temperatures, and blazing sun to make certain that their votes would be counted” were continuing the legacy of Americans who have fought for the right to vote.
The snow drifts in hell must be eight feet deep at this point. I agree with Mr. Holder.
Although I would include elements like ensuring that voters are citizens of the U.S. before they are registered, and ensuring that felons/prisoners that are ineligible to vote under state laws are in fact prevented from voting. I also want to see voter ID requirements strengthened; especially in the case of same day registration/voting. We have had far too many instances where people are voting without being properly identified as qualified voters, or voting in multiple jurisdictions.
A comprehensive set of national election standards would resolve many questions about our current elections practices. It would, theoretically, secure the right to vote by not only establishing common voting conditions and methods for reviewing voter rolls, but by also clamping down on fraudulent registration and voting.
I am more than a little skeptical about Mr. Holder's ability to be truly comprehensive. I am willing to bet that the electoral issues that concern me do not concern him in the slightest.