Let's face it. Our voting system is a little bit off kilter. There are way too many uninformed voters and too few people who actually value the privilege that a vote provides. Thus, here's my suggestions
1.) Institute a flat tax. That way EVERYONE has skin in the game. More people will certainly value their vote more if their monthly paycheck depends on it. Sure, there should be some sort of benefits for the less fortunate, but far less than the system of entitlement we have currently. Also, there will be exemptions for military members who are not paying income tax while they are defending our freedoms.
2.) You must pay income taxes to vote. It's as simple as that. I see this as the modern day equivalent of the land requirement for voting. The reason that was instituted was because the founders wanted to ensure that everyone had property backing their vote, so they would at least put a little thought into their vote. Note: This will require an amending of the 24th Amendment.
3.) You must pass a civics test to vote. Now I know I'll be called racist for this one. However, what's more racist than assuming minorities are too dumb to pass a civics test? It won't be an extremely difficult test, either. I'm thinking 10 quick questions about who is running, major office holders, and our governing documents. The questions will change from precinct to precinct and year to year to cut down on cheating.
4.) Massive education reform. We need to ensure our children are well educated when we release them into the world. No Child Left Behind is out and school choice is in. Students also need classes on critical thinking, civics, and current events. Simply memorizing dates and facts doesn't cut it.
5.) Voter ID. If you can't prove who you are, you can't vote.
So there you have it. Yeah, yeah yeah I'll be called racist, but hey, someone has to take the heat. It's not racist, it's rational. We need to value our votes again. With great power comes great responsibility. We have the power to vote in this country. That's a right not many people have. Actually it's a privilege Let's respect it by taking the responsibility of knowing what we're talking about before we pull the lever.