Now that the 2016 primary season debacle has ended; we
learn that the primary system itself has destroyed faith in
American democracy. Confirming once again, that our voting
system is flawed and in many ways broken. It recalled our
memories of the 2000 election, voter suppressions and
"butterfly ballots that required Supreme Court hearings to
sort out. It's structured for local biased election
officials to manipulate and rig results. Multiple reports
from NY to CA show a wide range of discrepancies from dead
voters casting ballots, lost registrations, improper party
listings, broken voting machines, paper ballots that do not
get counted) and others, all impacting primary voting. Are
we voting this fall for the candidates “the people chose “or
that “the system imposed”? On one side we have the
Suppression of Democratic Party Populism and the other
distorted media political events, effectively giving massive
amounts of free biased air time to a billionaire candidate,
all in the name of higher ratings for broadcasters.
Democratic superdelegates are in place, according to the
party chair-woman Debbie Wasserman, "we’re rigged to
suppress you”. Her comments are out right admission that the
Democratic Party created superdelegates as a method to crush
any possibilities of grassroots candidates rising to
challenge the party establishment. Ask Bernie if their safe
guard is working in the 2016 primary. The result of
their manipulation is evident among the websites working
towards election integrity.
Millions of voters are reporting their disaffection
in current polls, with 66 percent of the public saying they
distrust the primary voting system.
The US currently has no public transparency to guide an
honest and fair electoral process, our elections cannot be
monitored by observers. According to the Washington Post the
US is ranked 47th out of 139 countries in the “Integrity of
political elections”. The post concluded, that our 2012
presidential election and the 2014 congressional elections
were ranked worst of any long-established democracy,
especially on campaign finance and electoral registration.
So how do we permanently
reform our system? How can we build a just society unless we
repair the mechanics of how our democratic elections are
The answer starts with making sure progressive voters are
not disenfranchised through various voter suppression
tactics, and that election technology is secure. We must
ensure that every eligible citizen can easily vote, and that
every vote is counted as cast.
Election reformers to-do list:
These are just
some starting points, be creative and protest. Our votes
Push for party
platform changes at the Democratic National Convention this
July. End the use of Democratic Party superdelegates.
Promote transparent party primary elections administrators
who cannot work for any particular candidate.
Congress and state legislatures about the need for reform.
More training is needed for election workers. Lobby for the
passage of legislation for clean, transparent, verified
elections. Establish new federal laws that strictly
prevents suppression and gerrymandering of districts just
like we had in section four of the Voting Rights Act.
terminate control of Election Day technology from private
vendors, make all vote counting processes transparent and
publicly observable i.e. “public record.
outlaw the use of touchscreen (direct-recording electronic,
or DRE) voting machines that are vulnerable to fraud and
provide no paper ballot to audit results or recount.
organizations and coalitions
fighting for elections reform.
against voter suppression, corrupt voting officials and
Become a poll worker volunteer yourself.