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YOUR MISSION, SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT: If you could add one Amendment to the US Constitution, what would it be?

Here's mine (warning: it's a mouthful).

Every citizen of the United States of the age of majority is guarunteed an equal vote and an equal share of representation for senators, as well as for federal, state, and local representitives. Accordingly:

1. No Citizen of the country at or above the age of majority shall be denied the right to vote for any reason save an act of rebellion.

2. The states are required to make sure that all citizens are eligible to vote have the ability to vote in both semifinal and final elections, facing no bars such as unreasonable waiting periods, unnecessary voter registration, or unreasonable demands for identification beyond that needed to prove that they are a citizen of the United States (or for local elections, if that is not required, a local reseident).
a. This also means that a means of voting shall be made available to any citizen who might otherwise have problems voting due to residency, illness, disability, or incarceration.

3. Henceforward, the President and all other top executive offices of cities, states, and the country will be elected via direct popular vote of the populace.

4. No bar should be allowed to an equal exercise of the franchise based on any basis except that listed out here -- including location of residence, except that one must be resident within an area in order to vote for their executive officer or representative body or bodies. As such, the practice of Districting for the purpose of determining voting areas is hereby banned; instead, states and all other territories of the United States must use a voting system that apportions representitives in a manner proportional to the voters preferences.

a. All citizens must be able to vote in national elections and to elect representitives to the governing bodies of this nation, so non-state-resident citizens shall be considered as living in the non-geographical state of United, which shall be given Representitives and Senators as any other state.

5. In order that no cartel should henceforth control the choices available to our fellow citizens, all elected offices will also have their final candidates set via public and open semifinal elections, which like final elections, must allow choice of multiple candidates and produce fair and proportional results. Thus, there shall be one set of finalists for the Presidency and Vice Presidentcy throughout the nation, rather than separate and potentially contradictory sets of finalists in the several states. Congress shall make laws determining how this election proceeds, and whether the President and Vice President are elected and/or nominated together or separately.

6. All election days shall henceforth be national holidays, that no ciitzen be prevented by hardship or financial burden from exercising their rights and duty.

Date: 2017-10-11 07:49 am (UTC)
gingicat: woman in a green dress and cloak holding a rose, looking up at snow falling down on her (Default)
From: [personal profile] gingicat
Also, people who have been jailed should be allowed to vote.

Date: 2017-10-11 10:23 am (UTC)
madfilkentist: Photo of Carl (Default)
From: [personal profile] madfilkentist
Changing the allocation of senators as you describe is one of the few things that's explicitly prohibited from amendment. Article V, Amendment: "no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate."

Date: 2017-10-12 03:19 pm (UTC)
marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
From: [personal profile] marcmagus
"equal share of representation for senators" may implicitly change allocation of Senators, if you consider that currently a Wyoming resident and a California resident have an unequal share of representation.

Date: 2017-10-12 05:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bunsen_h
(it does arguably prevent state senators from being allocated per district, though)

I think that anything with an arguable meaning should be clarified to remove the ambiguity.

Date: 2017-10-11 12:13 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kgbooklog
I'd vote for that. (Though I might want stronger language to fully strip political parties of any official authority and privilege.)

I'm a simple person, so my amendment would just be:
"Conflict of interest is sufficient grounds for removal from office for all elected and appointed officials at all levels of government."

Date: 2017-10-12 03:36 pm (UTC)
marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
From: [personal profile] marcmagus
The Senate under this system (if you still intend 2 Senators per state, see my other comment) is going to get kind of weird. By which I mean so long as there are two major national parties, I would expect the Senate to have one member of each in every state. This fact alone would retain the tendency toward exactly two big parties even with the electoral reform otherwise weakening it, because you have to coalition to get your Senator.

This may be an issue with how you've structured things or how I'm reading them, but you should probably make it more explicit that preference voting shall be used to elect executives.

I would be fully prepared to give up all aspects which impose requirements on states for non-Federal elections in order to make this more palatable to the "states rights" types. Fixing Federal elections and forcing states to do all the hard implementation work to fix their own may be the best that can be accomplished.


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