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February 23, 2017

New York Law Journal

By: Jerry H. Goldfeder

There is no shortage of ways to improve our elections.

For instance, the system of registration currently used in New York and most other states makes it harder for millions of otherwise eligible Americans to register. Voters need to affirmatively sign up, and do so at certain times in order to cast a ballot in a primary or general election. Oregon (and, soon, others) makes it easier: The state signs up voters with drivers licenses, allowing them to opt out if they wish; thus, the burden is on the government, not the voter.

Additionally, many states rely on outdated voting machines vulnerable to breakdowns or hacking, and the placement of machines by election regulators is uneven, contributing to long lines on election day.
Citizens with criminal convictions in their past who are living and working in the community are deprived of their vote in many states, a ban originated in many states to suppress voting by certain groups (primarily African Americans).

And, of course, there has recently developed an aggressive effort by certain states to eliminate alleged "voter fraud" by instituting often draconian photo ID laws.

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