Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Would Overhaul Elections

Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren (D) on Tuesday unveiled a sweeping Plan to give the Federal Government a far Bigger Role in setting the Rules for Elections, rather than deferring to States and Localities.

"[T]he Constitution gives Congress the tools to regulate the administration of federal elections," Warren wrote in a Post. "It’s time to pick up those tools and use them."

For Federal Elections, Warren wants to:

- Replace All Old and Paperless Voting Machines

- Standardize Ballots

- Mandate a Minimum of 15 days of Early Voting

- Make Election Day a Holiday

- Restore the Right to Vote for those Out of Prison. I would also allow People in Prison awaiting Trial to Vote.

- Create Automatic Voter Registration

- Revamp Election Cybersecurity

She would provide Financial Incentives for States to Adopt those Standards in their State and Local Elections.

In Order to Incentivize that Process, the Federal Government would "pay the entirety of a state’s election administration costs, as long as the state meets federal standards in its state and local elections and works to make voting more convenient."

This plan would almost certainly set off innumerable Political and Legal Battles between the Federal Government, State Governments and Localities over who Controls Elections. Some States and Localities would likely insist on Administering their own Elections, with their own Rules for Voter ID and Registration, leading to bifurcated Election Systems and Confusion among Voters.

The Warren Team estimates its Plan would cost $20 Billion over the next Decade, with $15 Billion going toward Election Administration and $5 Billion for Election Security. These are rough Estimates, however, because the current Balkanized Election System makes it difficult to Estimate the exact Cost.

Warren says her Administration would Pay for it through an "Ultra-Millionaire Tax," sometimes referred to as a Wealth Tax. That Proposal would put a 2% Tax on All Household Net Worth between $50 Million and $1 Billion, according to the Proposal.

Should be over $50 Million.

Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke recently Released a Plan that Shares some Elements of Warren's, including:

- New Voting Rights Laws

- Making Election Day a Holiday

- Providing more Money for Election Security.

Several Candidates support efforts to allow the formerly Incarcerated to Vote and to end Voter ID Laws that they call Discriminatory.

Sen. Bernie Sanders(I) supports allowing People to Vote while in Prison, including those who have Committed Violent Crimes.

The Plan is Designed to help People who want Voting to be Easier. Some Conservatives will likely Oppose the Plan because it attempts to Undo most of the Voter ID Laws in the States and would Empower the Federal Government at the Expense of States and Localities. Other Conservatives will almost certainly raise Objections because of the Plan's Cost and the New Taxes it would require.

I would also like to see a more Professional Board of Elections. The Board's Staff should be a Separate Entity from the State. A Secretary of State or a State Party Chairperson should Not be Running Federal, State, or Local Elections.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

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