New Year’s Resolutions

Like most people, I usually make a few resolutions regarding things I’d like to accomplish in the new year. Here are a few resolutions I’d like to propose for the State of Alabama regarding elections and the administration of elections:

  1. The Alabama Legislature should pass legislation requiring process audits for all elections held in Alabama. The audits would be used to determine whether the laws and procedures governing elections were followed by election administrators in conducting our elections.
  2. The Alabama Legislature should amend the requirements for electronic voting machines to specifically prohibit telecommunication devices in our voting machines. This prohibition should cover not only conventional telephone modems but also Bluetooth, near field communication, and any equipment that would provide connectivity to the Internet.
  3. The Alabama Legislature should provide for “initiative”. Alabamians should be able to address areas of concern that the Legislature has not addressed directly. This action would recognize and honor where the Alabama Constitution says “all political power is inherent in the people”.
  4. The Alabama Legislature should provide to Alabamians with disabilities the same methods of voting that are currently available to members of the armed forces and their spouses and dependents as well as Alabamians who are United States citizens residing overseas. Specifically, Alabamians with disabilities should be able to receive their ballot electronically and cast their voted ballot electronically.

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