There will be no shortage of analyses of the 2020 Presidential election in the coming weeks but, without regard to the final outcome of that election, the time has come to reform certain aspects of how the United States generally conducts elections. As governance issues go, this is not a daunting intellectual challenge. The American people have every right to expect that our elections will be conducted with integrity, transparency, and accountability by government officials. Court challenges aside, we also are entitled to know the results promptly. This is usually accomplished, but in close contests the lapses provide fodder for accusations that undermine public confidence in the system. Yes, in recent years we have seen instances of irregularities involving both parties. That said, there is not yet evidence of irregularities on a scale that would overturn outcomes. The judicial system will – shortly I hope -- resolve those complaints and allegations that are being brought this week. My present purpose is to look at modest measures that would enhance confidence in our future elections. A fair amount of confusion ensues from the fundamental reality that most of the legal underpinnings as well as the conduct our elections are the responsibility of the individual states as delegated to the counties within them. This produces a patchwork of laws, procedures, and requirements that vary greatly. It also produces electoral machinery of widely differing quality. ... Read More