US Constitution, Article 1, Section 4, Clause 1 states, "The Times, Places and Manner of holding Elections for Senators and Representatives, shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof; but the Congress may at any time by Law make or alter such Regulations, except as to the Places of chusing* Senators." (*original spelling from Constitution) The Constitutional balance of power on this matter has been destroyed by the 17th amendment. The States no longer have a representative at the Federal level. (See "Congressional Reform" plank.)
The Constitution Party of Ohio seeks the restoration of an electoral process which is controlled at the state and local level and is beyond manipulation by federal judges and bureaucrats. The federal government has unconstitutionally and unwisely preempted control in matters of district boundaries, electoral procedures, and campaign activities. The Voting Rights Act should be repealed. The Federal Election Campaign Act, including its 1974 amendments, and the Federal Election Commission should be abolished.
Each citizen should have the right to seek public office in accordance with the qualifications set forth in federal and state constitutions. Additional restrictions and obligations governing candidate eligibility and campaign procedures burden unconstitutionally the fairness and accountability of our political system. To encourage free and fair elections, all candidates must be treated equally. We call for an end to designated "Major Party" status that gives an unfair advantage to some candidates by providing ballot access and taxpayer dollars, while requiring others for the same office to gather petition signatures or meet other, more stringent criteria.
We call for the immediate end to election fraud. Current electronic and mechanical voting processes have been demonstrated to be highly susceptible to fraud and corruption, illegal and improper vote counts, and the skewing of elections to unfairly support one candidate over the others. Until this issue can be resolved via electronic means that will guarantee accuracy and eliminate the possibility of voter fraud, we urge legislation that requires a challenge in any precinct by any recognized Party official of any recognized Party to be allowed for a period of 48 hours after posting of the official precinct election results thereby requiring a manual hand count of all votes cast, with officials from at least two different Parties able to oversee the count, one of which will be the Party issuing the challenge. The manual vote count will then become the official vote of the affected precinct. Recognized Parties designated by the Secretary of State as a minimum will include Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Constitution, and Green.