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Make Our Democracy Stronger; Learn from the Capitalists and the Pioneer West

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Oregon also does something that sounds wise. Officials notify interested parties, including candidates and political parties, who are free to reach out to voters who turned in a ballot with a questionable signature. This provides a second layer of outreach to seek a "cure" for a suspect signature after election officials initially contact the voter. The voter can correct the problem by giving proof that he or she signed the ballot.

Deadlines for when ballots can be turned in also cause problems for some voters. But lawmakers have the option of writing vote-at-home legislation with strict deadlines or more flexible ones. For instance, some people contend ballots must be received by the time the election ends; others insist the ballot must only be postmarked by the end of the election.

It's time politicians listen to their own rhetoric. They tell us the 50 states are the laboratories of democracy in our nation. I like that line. I like it enough to insist that our lawmakers learn from the pioneering Western states.

I also know elected leaders accept campaign-donation checks from successful capitalists. Therefore, it makes sense to me for politicians to learn from capitalists who teach us about the power of providing convenience to busy Americans.

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