It’s my understanding that individual States (here in the US) and possibly even Counties/Districts/Cities have nearly complete control over what methods are used to vote, what methods are used to register and maintain voter rolls, and what the individual policies are regarding setting up and maintaining polling places. I don’t fully understand it, so feel free to correct me if this is mistaken.
Why is this allowed? I realize that the vast majority of elections are local, involving local positions, local issues and local politicians. I also realize that even Presidential elections are essentially local elections in that you are simply deciding where your states electoral votes should be going. But, with all the discussion of ACORN, Young Political Majors, Lincoln Strategy Group and probably tons of other voter “advocacy” groups working at the local level out of the view of the Fed there seems to be a ton of issues with oversight and local political bias at the local level.
Also, the horrible issues in Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004 had much to do with the fact that they had out of date and underfunded systems governed by local partisan elected officials.
It seems to me that the people in Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts and Wyoming all should be voting the exact same way and have the exact same standards. It seems fundamentally corrupt that I might be using a different voting booth with different rolls than the people 40 miles away in my parents suburban town.
States with Republican leadership can set up their voter rules in a way that makes it easier for their presumed constituency making it harder for city dwellers to vote. States with Democratic leaderships can make it harder for states rural populations to vote. Both by simply effecting the distribution and location of voter registration and polling places. They can be more proactively corrupt by sending out of date or broken voter boxes to the opposite constituencies strongholds.
This is just he tip of the iceberg, especially when you consider the issues of voter registration drives and voter roll purges. Not only do the laws effect that so does the aggressiveness of the states enforcement and supervision.
It all begs the question, why do we allow something as important and presumably simple as voting to the whims of local interests? Why doesn’t the federal government come up with a standard rule that states must follow. I understand that the “states rights” groups would see this as some type of overreaching by the Fed, but the Federal Government has passed amendments about voting so it seems clear that the best interests of the people is to standardize this stuff nationally.
It also seems like it would save the states money (and save money overall) if the Fed took steps to make voting technology, rules and enforcement standard.
Is there any good reason for why we don’t all vote the same except for the fear of surrendering control/losing power over it?