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Politics

2018.03.09

United States

The Constitution of the United States and its Amendments

Voter Protection

Voters need protection from coercion and misinformation. While coercion usually involves violence or payment, in practice they usually involve indirect methods of execution.

Example. Consider a publicized event where a group of people vigorously spout violent rhetoric against a political side. An individual in that political side may feel threatened away from voting, even with the anonymity of the ballot-filling process. Such indirect coercion is intensified if politically active individuals are known to have actually been hurt or killed; or if the demographics of that political side are well-distinguished and known. Widespread direct threats are inefficient, risky, and hard to enforce; making an example of a small number of targeted people will be much more common. Being a qualified target on the wheel of misfortune produces more fear than being issued a mostly empty threat that everyone received.

Example. Consider the elderly who may be sweet-talked into signing mail-in ballots; the homeless and desperate who may be given food or money then bussed into voting locations. Such reward-based coercion has operatives who hide their agenda under the pretense of being on the only side that cares about them.

The normalization of divisive language can accelerate a violent bandwagon effect. This is the heinous strategy of the few who would manipulate the population to viralize their indirect coercion. Sharp, emotionally-fueled political discord is a fast path to broken friendships and family ties.

Voter ID

Voter identification is a crucial control against double-voting, identity fraud, and unqualified voting by non-citizens and non-local citizens.

Election Integrity

Ballot Protection

Messenger Protection

Trusted Observers

Trusted Counters

Standard Procedure

Auditable Paper Trail