Elections can be won in the media and the press, but they are lost at the polls, when people are denied the opportunity to vote or are required to vote by methods that can be hacked or subverted. I would like to propose that every single vote in the US be supplied with a paper ballot, with partial arrows (shafts missing) so that the voters can connect the head and tail of the arrow to point to their choice. (This is the method used in my last residence.) Every ballot would be tabulated by an optical scanner and every ballot would be preserved to be recounted in the event of a dispute. Optical scanners can be dumbed-down to the level at which they cannot be hacked, unlike touch-screen and other electronic machines, and if there are irregularities, the ballots can easily be re-tabulated with scanners that are certified and are under control of a bi-partisan agency. Under such a system, we could move confidently to a popular-vote electoral system. This would eliminate gerrymandering and social engineering, and make voter suppression efforts much harder to mount. I'm open for suggestions. If Obama wins (Hope!), I'm going to start hammering him and his administration with this. We can't afford to have more elections hinge on the honesty of local registrars, attorney generals, secretaries of state, each with their own axes to grind. We need a consistent and verifiable method of voting that allows all individuals to express themselves. BTW, I think that every citizen ought to be able to vote via absentee ballot with no special requirements. This would reduce congestion at the polls and would allow everybody to vote. Some states require that you be infirm or disabled before you can apply for an absentee ballot. What about an an elderly person who is relatively fit, but cannot stand for hours, or a caregiver to a child, elderly, relative, or a person who has only an hour or two to spare before they have to be at their job or risk getting fired? Should they be disenfranchised because they have critical duties that cannot be ignored?