Originally Posted by rockntractor
there is one law that should be put back into effect. you should have to be a land owner in order to vote in an election. our country would once again be conservative . can you vote in a company stockholders meeting if you don't own any stock in that company ? this bussiness of wiping the vomit off your face, leaving your park bench or refridgerator box and going down to the polling place to vote [after receiving your free pack of smokes]is a load of crap. this is one of the reasons why we have the lowest of low in our public offices.
I can't agree here, rockn... We've "owned" land twice (if you call having a 30-year mortgage "owning"), but after selling our last home, we were priced out of the market, so we've been leasing for nearly 10 years. There are just way too many reasons that responsible, conservative people can't "own" land now, that makes your suggestion a misplaced criterion.
I will say this, however: I think before people are allowed to vote they should be able to do the following:
1) PROVE citizenship status;
2) PROVE proficient (8th grade, minimum) use and understanding of the English language;
3) pass a test (randomized, like they do for DMV driving tests so copying can't be done) with basic questions re: a) both candidates and their running mates; b) basic questions re: the candidates' platform; c) basic questions re: our Constitution.
These are just off-the-cuff ideas, and implementing them would take much thought and planning, but they'd be a good start.
Can you imagine, though, the same people putting together any kind of revised voting standards would be the same people who can't come up with foolproof voting methodologies? (remember "hanging chads")