Here is my proposal for achieving the most accurate-possible voting for USA elections, which should set the world standard. I will modify this proposal based on feedback comments. Here's my first draft:
1. Electronic voting machines networked together.
2. Each voter presents a driver's license or alternate state-issued ID card. Yes, these can be forged, but requiring an ID will at least cut down on people voting for each other, and non-citizens voting. For the purposes of this discussion, the term "driver's license" means either a driver's license, or that alternative card for non-drivers issued by the same state agency.
3. Driver's license will declare either "US Citizen" or "Non-Citizen Resident", based on documents used to obtain ID.
4. Driver's license will include web address that will list voting dates and the polling location associated with the holder's listed home address. Citizens who lack a home address can select "indigent" (or some other happier word) but must declare a voting precinct.
5. Automatic voter registration for all holders of driver's license. Polling location officials will have a printed and web list of all driver's license holders with home addresses assigned to their precinct. The printout will include a sticker with the person's Name and Driver's License number.
6. The precinct will have:
- Government employees, and the agency in charge of the voting must be non-partisan.
- Up to two representatives from any Party or Candidate on the ballot, or anybody else who arranges to volunteer as an observer. These observers at any time can montitor or check the work of the government employees. The observers can have their own copy of the voter role.
7. When the voter appears at the station:
- Government rep will check the photo ID against the person, and against the electronic voter role.
- Government rep hands sticker to voter with the information: Place this on one of the three printouts you will get; that will be your copy to take home and keep.
- If the person went to the wrong place, the worker can check where the addressee is assigned to vote, or electronically communicate with the correct precinct to check the person off there and permit the person to vote at the current precicnt. Observers at both sites can communicate with each other to ensure that the the change gets made at both sites.
- Obervers can count the number of people who get approved to go to the voting booth.
- If there is a controversy, say if the voter's name doesn't appear on the registration list, he or she is entitled to submit a Tentative ballot, which will be recorded but not counted until the voter exhausts appeals through the voting agency at a future date.
8. Voter in booth:
- Initiates voting screen, which assigns the vote a unique number which includes the Precinct ID, time, and date.
- Voting screen will include ability to change vote, and a final Review screen which overviews each vote, giving the voter a final chance.
- Upon selecting the "Submit" button, three printouts materialize with a summary of every race and each of the user's vote. The user takes all three, and has the option of taking them to a Review Booth to ensure that all three paper documents are identical, and reflect the votes that the user intended.
- The printouts will have at the top a unique voting ID.
- The printouts are formatted so that an electronic reader can count votes, and humans can accurately and easily interpret them.
- The printouts for a Tentative vote will have a special obvious border all around, with the words "TENTATIVE".
- Voter places sticker with his/her name & driver's license one of the copies, and hands the other two to the govt worker.
- The govt worker places one copy in a safe box, and another in a box that the observers. Tentative copies both go into a special Tentative safe box. All boxes remain in veiw of all observers and govt workers at all times.
10. Station closes:
- Various Observer groups have taken a count of the number of approved voters, and the govt workers have their count. A govt worker announces the govt count. Observers have a chance to dispute the count. If any observer disputes the count, all observers and the govt workers enact a process to count the ballots in the Observer box. First a govt worker will submit them to the electronic counter. If that does not settle the dispute, any observer or group of observers has the right to hand-count all the ballots in plain view of all others.
- A govt worker announces the count for each item on the ballot first from the electronic results, and then from feeding the Observer ballots into an electronic reader. Any observers in view of all others can conduct their own hand-vote tally for any item on the ballot.
- All govt reps and observers sign a document containing their names, driver's licenses, and whom they represent, and contact info, certifying the vote for the precinct, including any objections.
- All ballot boxes will remain in the precint until any dispute is settled, and any observers will have the option to remain in the room with the box, runnign in 24-hour shifts until all observers agree to any disputes. The next day Tentative voters will have to return to resolve those disputes, in view of the observers.
11. Voter intimidation:
- People complain that partisan Observers challange people attempting to vote. Presumably the photo ID requirement would eliminate any desire by observers to challange voters.
- People complalin that police postings near voting sites intimidate voters. Ban police postings from a one mile radius of a voting precinct on voting day during voting hours; ban voter ID confirmation process as a mechanism for identifying people with outstanding warrents; ban any communication between govt precinct workers and law enforcement pertaining to any individual voter.
- Make plain that voting precinct hours of operation and location will be mastered on a particular govt website, and that no phone calls will ever inform voters about voting times, dates, and locations.