Sen. Mark Warner’s Voting Spending Spree

16 trillion dollars in debt, but Sen. Mark Warner wants to fund new spending! And for what? What amounts to a federal takeover of elections!

Free money to states if they impose Warner’s ideas, including:

Same-day registration – show up at the polls as a complete stranger and register to vote, and then vote, and disappear into the night.

Early voting, at a minimum of 9 of the 10 calendar days preceding an election – Because people who are too busy to vote in November have a whole lot of free time in October.

Providing no-excuse absentee voting
– for the “I can’t make it just because” voter

Providing assistance to voters who do not speak English as a primary language
– not sure if these requirements will be in their original German or not.

Providing formal training of election officials, including State and county administrators and volunteers – because the Federal Government’s top priority is to fund classes for people who work one day a year.

And to pay for this, Warner plans to add to the National debt. (not that the Senate ever actually passes a budget, so this is a moot point anyway, but the effort to spend more money is there).

Warner calls his federal expansion of bribery the “FAST voting act” – as if the Senate knows anything about fast voting.

It’s yet another power grab from the federal government to make states even less in control of elections.

Democrats used to complain about that. I guess they only mind that when they lose.

  • My experience as an election official tells me that the reason there are long lines on Election Day is that the vast majority of voters show up at approximately the same time to vote, rather than taking advantage of the full 13 hours that the polls are open.

    In Charlottesville, we have noticed that, in every November election since at least 2008, three-quarters of the people who vote do so by noon or one p.m. There are long lines and waits up to an hour in the morning; in the afternoon and “evening rush,” you can see tumbleweed blowing through the precincts.

    If people just chose to vote in those “down hours” from 2 o’clock to 7 o’clock, they could avoid the long lines and get back to their lives without a wait. This would not require any changes in the law nor any expenditures on additional voting equipment or personnel.

    I have heard anecdotally from other election officials around the state that their precincts are also full in the mornings and practically empty after lunch. I would like to see a serious survey to determine if our impressions can be reinforced with solid statistics.

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