Monday, July 17, 2006

Voting Rights Act

Should the Senate renew the 1965 Voting Rights Act? Politicians love to artificially rig the voting system. Maybe the Federal Government could get its collective ass in gear and start using simple technology that's been available for decades.

Issue a Federal identity card to all federal citizens of the United States of America. Such identity card should automatically entitle the holder to vote, rather than requiring a person eligible to vote to register. Put a bar code on it. Put a unique identifier on it. Maybe even an identifier that is part of a public key pair. Put the person's name and birthdate and location on it. Issue it when a person gets registered for Social Security. Give one to every federal citizen for free. Let the Federal Government maintain a database of identifiers.

Require this identifier when obtaining a valid U.S. Passport or other identity documents such as state driver's licenses. Require placing the identifier number on Federal tax forms (if different than Social Security number).

Let all persons who meet the statutory age vote, rather then requiring eligible voters to register. Let voters register their residence through their identifier and a Federal website. Maybe even let people vote online rather than at a polling place. Take race and political tinkering out of the system. Why not? Fuck the liberals who say it's a violation of privacy rights. I'm pleased to hear your comments.