Looking at the Iraqi election got me to thinking, how should we change voting in the US. I am conflicted on this subject. On the one hand, I am a federalist and believe in local control. But maybe we should split federal and state/local voting and to allow better federal elections (and avoid moonbattery every 4 years). SO, here are my proposals: 1. Pass a Constitutional Amendment spliting federal voting off from state voting. Federal law will determine the qualifications and method of voting for federal elections, including primaries. State law will be unchanged and untouched for state and local elections. 2. Spread federal election day into 2 or 3 days, straddling a weekend. 3. For federal elections, require photo id (driver's license, passport, military id). For people who do not have one of the above, a FREE government voting id, with a picture, useably ONLY for voting. 4. Do away with mail ballots. All persons must show up in person to vote. For people in the hospital, arrange for special election commissioners to go around on election day. For people living overseas or traveling, arrange for special election places in US emabssy's and consolutes or military bases. FOr people traveling within the United States, they can vote at a federal election polling place, and the ballot is forwarded to the correct polling place. (I admit though this may be unworkable). 5. Dip fingers in purple ink after voting (I just think it really cool and may do it next election here). 6. Use paper ballots for federal elections. No Diebold moonbat complaints this way. Any other ideas?