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Alcibiades
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« Reply #300 on: August 27, 2020, 10:34:01 AM »

-Bar voter ID, poll taxes, literacy tests, etc
Yesterday I considered an alternative 24th Amendment that banned literacy tests instead of poll taxes, and I concluded that, unlike the real 24th Amendment, an amendment to ban literacy tests would not have been ratified. This is because the four states of Alaska, Arizona, Montana and South Dakota would have been almost as opposed to an amendment banning literacy tests as the South. The threat of Native American political power at a local level and as the 1992 and 1996 elections show as a potential balance of power in a statewide election would have been viewed too dangerous by rulers of those states. That would mean a bloc of sixteen states (32 percent) intractably opposed, which would be enough to preclude ratification, and I am note sure that some other states which did ratify the actual 24th Amendment would not have taken more persuasion to ratify an amendment banning literacy tests.

When did those four states you mentioned repeal literacy tests for Native American voters?
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« Reply #301 on: October 05, 2020, 09:08:49 AM »

Either overturning the Electoral College, guaranteeing LGBT rights, or guaranteeing abortion rights.
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« Reply #302 on: October 05, 2020, 09:11:58 AM »

Dramatically curtail the powers of the Senate to bring it more into line with other unrepresentative upper houses around the world, depoliticize the process of appointing federal judges, abolish the Electoral College and federalize presidential (but only presidential) elections, and establish an affirmative constitutional right to vote rather than merely delineating specific bases on which the franchise can't be restricted.
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« Reply #303 on: October 05, 2020, 12:42:52 PM »

Something around voting rights, as Nathan said. That is by far the most important.

I wouldn't pass anything on abortion or guns.
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« Reply #304 on: October 07, 2020, 09:16:42 PM »

A new constitution.
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« Reply #305 on: October 08, 2020, 03:11:03 PM »

the Better Voting Amendment:

- voting rights stuff (too many things to list)
- make election day a federal holiday
- abolish the electoral college
- abolish the senate
- guarantee representation to all territories, regardless of whether they decide to become states or not
- dramatically expand the size of the house, and use mixed-member proportional representation, with representatives of the single-member districts elected by ranked-choice voting
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« Reply #306 on: October 09, 2020, 10:23:59 PM »

This one cuts both ways, but I do think it'd be useful. Not going to dress this up in Constitutional language right now.

For any office subject to Senate Advise and Consent powers, including judges, Cabinet officials, and the various other executive appointments subject to Senate confirmation, if the Senate goes six months without holding a confirmation vote on an appointee, the Senate is considered to have tacitly consented and the official takes the office. This shall not apply if the appointment is made less than six months from the end of the current Congress.



Obviously, this could benefit Republican Presidents just like Democratic presidents, but the idea is that you can't just leave an office vacant forever by ignoring a Presidential appointment. If the Senate has an objection to a Presidential appointment, the way to resolve that is by a confirmation vote that ends up voting no. Refusing to have a confirmation vote indefinitely should resolve in automatic confirmation.
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« Reply #307 on: October 17, 2020, 06:28:46 PM »

A good idea would be to stipulate that a seat gets removed from the judiciary instead of becoming vacant whenever a judge retires or dies, and that seats can only be added to the judiciary via legislation.
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« Reply #308 on: October 17, 2020, 08:30:17 PM »

A good idea would be to stipulate that a seat gets removed from the judiciary instead of becoming vacant whenever a judge retires or dies, and that seats can only be added to the judiciary via legislation.

Even if you think it a good idea, which I definitely don't,  it doesn't require a constitutional amendment to achieve.  Indeedm it's how the Court was shrunk during the Andrew Johnson administration.
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