I took the weekend off, I hope no one minded too much :)
A couple of election related things to talk about.
Automated phone calls for election purposes, these should be banned. Let living people call as much as they wish, provided they promptly honor requests from the phone customer to be removed from their list.
Deceptive campaign ads. These should never be tolerated. Once it’s proven that a clearly deceptive ad was issued by a candidate, whoever authorized them should be sent to jail. No if’s, but’s, or excuses.
Voting machines, must output a voter verifiable paper ballot instead of storing the vote talley internally. Once the voting machine prints the ballot the voter checks to make sure the votes are indicated accurately and then deposits it in a locked ballot box. These machine readable ballots then can be scanned, rescanned, and manually checked if there is any question about the reliability of the votes.
Vickie Koelman the administrator of elections has a lot to answer for. In both the primary and the general election it took quite a bit of time for the voters to finish voting due to long lines. 3+ hours in the case of the general election. She has had several chances to get it right and it has proven to be beyond her abilities. She should step down and allow someone more capable to come in and replace her. There was no excuse for 3 hour lines for voting even with a 46% turnout.
We should modify state or federal law to require that in order to win the election a candidate must receive 50.1% of the vote or more. No one should ever hold elected office due to 28% of the vote. In the event no one candidate receives more than 50% of the vote then the two candidates with the highest vote total should have a runoff election within 2 weeks.
Other than that I am fairly happy with the elections. I will say this, I am glad they are over! I intend to cut back on the amount of political coverage and try to do more events, arts, crafts, and other civic articles for a while. That is unless something major comes up. Does this work for you?