We need to take a book out of what they do in New Zealand, Germany, and several other countries. We need to open source the technology behind the voting machines like they do in Australia and we need to have it become a standard system that requires your identification card you carry on you and take a photo as well just so that things can be vetted and secured. Photo identification on the poll taker part for verification is used in many countries. It doesn't put the issue on the actual voter then. I personally don't care about using my finger print or retina or something for multi part verification for my vote or even a password and check in system, we can send in our IRS taxes via the internet, why can't we vote that way too? I mean hell our taxes are far scarier with far more information that could ruin us than our vote. I would also say we need to make voting mandatory, even if you says I abstain you are on the record saying i abstain, just like senators and congressmen have to as well.
Second we need to force the private donations out, I know you are gonna have some one bitch about this but since you have people with more money getting more voice than people who don't have money its a modern day Land owners only can vote kind of law. Anyone without a million dollars to throw someones way now make the average american who doesn't have the ability to afford lobbyists, or buy 10,000 dollar plates for campaign fundraiser dinners we the world poor are now 3/5's a vote to our rich land owners then. We are now salves in a whole new way to this system of private campaign donations. If you really want to see change we need to have a general fund that shared to everyone. We also need to have forced times like how we have the emergency broadcast system to inject the campaign videos of only the candidate on the screen talking about his views on issues. Those videos will be required to be played if you got so many signatures in the market or district that advertising is played and then also once you get to the final elections they are played during prime time.
No more money for private groups or political parties. If the political parties get donations they can only use them to put into the general fund and pay for the federal printing office to print signs. No more money can be used to pay for more ads unless it comes from the general fund which is partial tax money and partial multi-party donation support. All chips in as the people running represent everyone if they get in this isn't a game of winning this is matter of representing 100% of your area not only the 51% that voted you in.
Third we need to break up the political parties. We currently have what is tantamount to a political duopoly, The smaller parties are only filled with extremists on both sides and the idea of neutral middle is gone. Both democrats and republicans are just two sides of the same coin just one is more "Christian moral" conservative than the other. We need to force it so that no less than nine (9) major political parties exist at any one time with no more than 20% control. I want to see people be forced to compromise and move the ball down the field as a team to make the world better for everyone, not just those who donated to them or those they align them self with. We need to have other parties on equal footing with the current parties to keep politicians clean. We need balance and you can't have polar + or - any more you need to have the multiple voices of direction come together and not tow party line if they think where the party is going is wrong and can easily switch parties while in office if they want to.
Also i think we need to make the congressional rep time to a one time term of four (4) years, senators can run for a one time term of six (6) years and the president is the only one that is able to run for multiple terms but for two terms of five (5) years. For the president though you had to have been a senator or a congressional rep as well. Also the cycle fo the elections again have to be off from the other ones so on odd years you have presidential election and even you have senate and congressional.
Lastly I think the electoral college needs to go away. I think the direct vote is important and if we make it so that election days are national holidays or state holidays that go over a weekend as to allow everyone time to vote then i think you won't even need the electoral college. The biggest thing is now you win by dirty politics in which you just frustrate the voter so they don't even come out to vote. they put fewer polling stations in minority areas and fewer locations. Its a gamed system and it pisses me off but we can't give up as if we don't vote we loose what we have and allow it to just be washed away.