Sunday, June 6, 2010

Redistricting, Election Reforms

The State of Long Island has an incredible opportunity to re-engineer how electoral districts are established and how elections are conducted. Much of the way we do things around here is based on ideas that are 200 years old. The world has changed and the State of Long Island can be a leader in creating systems that work in the 21st century. Here are a few ideas:

Instant Runoff Voting and Proportional Representation

Citizens' Redistriction Commissions

Election "Day" should be spread out over a weekend. I propose that the polls be open starting the first Friday and end on the following Sunday and that the following schedule be maintained throughout the State of Long Island

(all times are Eastern)

First Friday - 2 pm - 11 pm
Saturday - 6 am - 11 pm
Sunday - 6 am - 11 pm

Election Processing Reform

There are several groups working on creating methods and means for being certain that ALL people who are eligible are able to vote and have their vote counted.

Hand Counted Paper Ballot Verification of all Ballots

Announcements of Results:
The State Board of Elections will announce all results on the Monday following the conclusion of the election.

I am sure other people have ideas to contribute to this thread. More resources and maybe even different ways of solving problems. I hope that there will be a lively discussion on this topic.

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