…about Democracy enhancing activism needs… I don’t know about compulsory voting, but I believe we need compulsory voting registration and doing so with the easiest method for doing so. The USPS. They have all the addresses. They can handle legal material through their system, there are laws against people messing with your mail, and since you already have an address, they can send you a form. Shut-in elderly won’t be shut-out of voting. The address is your qualification.
Admittedly there are a number of factors which preclude getting everyone into the voting pool, and I found out a number of these when I was working on digital signature at SSA. There are homeless people who are citizens qualified to vote. There are students who won’t get back home to vote, but should be allowed to vote as citizens.
There are also ancillary problems like gerrymandering voting districts, which, for the past 30 years has been run by the Republicans, and it has worked by creating districts more prone to vote Republican.
We have a lot of work to do on our electoral practices, and we need to incorporate our most recent technology into the equation by working out a methodology to allow our citizens the right to register to vote via the internet. If we are going to implement some element of a voter ID card, then it needs to be plain faced and indistinct, readily available at any post office or other local distribution locations, which can immediately be electronically written and yet not showing any information but the voter’s name. Perhaps any location selling lottery tickets would be a good addition.
The problem is, of course, that the Republicans desire to kill your right to vote, or your ability to have someone other than them to vote for.
A proper and discreet system can and needs to be designed to protect the voters, not the Republicans.