Manual recounts! Canvassing boards! Republicans! Democrats! Counting machines!
The pure fact that the electoral process is along two party lines is flawed enough.
What follows is what is needed in America to ensure totally free and fair
We in Australia have had for decades an authority called the Australian Electoral Commission and it's functions is as follows:
Functions of the AEC
The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is an independent statutory authority
established under the provisions of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918. The following is an overview of the responsibilities of the AEC as outlined by the Act:
Conduct federal elections and by-elections
Maintain the Commonwealth Electoral Roll in accordance with Joint Roll Arrangements with the States and Territories
Administer compulsory enrolment and compulsory voting
Determine State and Territory representation in the House of Representatives in accordance with the latest population statistics
Administer the conduct of redistributions of electoral boundaries for the House of Representatives
Administer election funding and financial disclosure
Report to the Minister on electoral matters
Conduct electoral information and education programs to promote public awareness
of electoral and parliamentary matters
Provide information and advice on electoral matters to the Federal Parliament, the Federal Government, and federal government departments and agencies
Conduct and promote research into electoral matters and publish relevant material
Assist in the conduct of foreign elections and referendums as approved by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade
Conduct national referendums to amend the Constitution, in accordance with the Referendum (Machinery Provisions) Act 1984
Conduct elections for registered industrial organisations, in accordance with the Workplace relations Act 1996
Conduct elections for ATSIC, in accordance with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Act 1989
Conduct other non-parliamentary elections as appropriate
Now, as you can see from this, the whole electoral process is not open to question from the various political parties, oh, and our whole process down here is by hand counting, and most of the time, a result is known by the morning following election day. For people to say that America is bigger in population than Australia is garbage, because our electorates (your electoral countys) are of the same population size and employ as many people as is necessary to count those vote in a timely and accurate manner.
To have only Democrats and Republicans on a canvassing board goes against basic democratic principles, in that where is the representation for the independents and host of other parties who contest these elections. Even if a party only gains 10 votes in any given electorate, under a democratic process, they should have the same rights when it comes to representation, as a party which gains 200,000 votes in the same electorate. This is a major reason why a totally independent body is needed.
Isn't it time that America took a long, hard look at the way that the whole election process is run and turn the whole election process over to an independent, bi-partisan body along the lines of the Australian Election Commission. It would sure as hell stop all these lawsuits and the major bitching from all sides of American politics.
Anyway, that is my $0.02