Making more votes count

  • Article by: EDITORIAL , Los Angeles Times
  • Updated: September 19, 2012 - 7:17 AM

California tries making voting easier.

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pumiceSep. 18, 12 6:59 PM

From the article: "Voters also moved the job of drawing district lines for state Assembly and Senate seats away from the Legislature and to a nonpartisan commission." Now there's an idea: Feed population data into a spreadsheet and let the districts fall where they may! No more nonsensical, gerrymandered lines to create/protect "safe" seats.

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mcjoe1Sep. 18, 12 7:46 PM

Having lived both in California and in really conservative states, the difference is night and day. California does things to help make government work for its citizens, the same way Minnesota used to lead with healthcare and education initiatives. Go to an anti-government state and you'll quickly join the anti-government ranks. Apparently the best way to get people on the anti-government side is to make the government processes so rediculous that it drives them nuts.

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mcleanmSep. 18, 12 8:48 PM

mcjoe1 - "Having lived both in California and in really conservative states, the difference is night and day. California does things to help make government work for its citizens". Isn't California also going bankrupt????

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goldengoph3rSep. 18, 12 9:15 PM

Making it *easier* to vote; what a crazy idea. What about the throngs of illegals who, now freed from the Sacred Process of Registering, will rampage up and down the coast, casting vote after vote--for Obama, duh. Or the poor and elderly, what if they can scrounge up an internet connection? This is a sad day for Democracy.

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EleanoreSep. 19, 12 7:18 AM

There is absolutely nothing supressitory about requiring people who present themselves to vote, to demonstrate they are eligible to vote. CA is going bankrupt in part because those who are not eligible to, are voting themselves public benefits they are not eligible, or should be ineligible, to receive. CA is a model of what will destroy america in their governance and I will not support them in their demise. After they fail they should ask for my assistance and I'll let them know what tghey will be helped with.

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gimbelSep. 19, 12 7:18 AM

"Isn't California going bankrupt?"

No, it's not. It has budget shortfalls...so does Minnesota and other states. But bankruptcy? No.

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tomstromieSep. 19, 12 7:56 AM

I have yet to see a nonpartisan commission.

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cbaycottageSep. 19, 12 8:32 AM

And people wonder why we have an obesity problem in this country. If you are too lazy to get off the couch to go register to vote you are in sad shape.

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muggsh2oSep. 19, 12 8:51 AM

California as an example? Nope - and gimbel, California has considered filing for bankruptcy a number of times. The "shortfall" in California is catastrophic so you can downplay all you want. Internet registration is dangerous. Anyone can manipulate any system and who's and how is anyone checking to see if Jane Doe really is who she claims to be and lives where she claims to live? I'm trying to think outside the box about California's software. I go in and enter that I'm Jane Doe and I live at 123 Main St. in Alameda, CA. Who's going to question that? Nope - I was born and partially raised in CA and I love going back regularly, but they offer us nothing. If you want to make voting easier - lets open it on Saturday and Sunday. Simple.

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gimbelSep. 19, 12 9:13 AM

muggsh2o: California has considered going bankrupt several times? Can't find any evidence of that in a google search, but if you've got a source that proves this, by all means provide it. Currently at least, I find no evidence of this. In the meantime, budget shortfalls do NOT equal bankruptcy.

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