Update Jan. 12, 2018. Bloomberg News also sees the need for psychological checkups.
It’s important that citizens vote. It’s essential that they have essential information to base their choices on.
Presidential Candidate Requirements
Some thoughts about presidential elections to ensure we have adequate information to make informed selections.
Relevant information is essential to sensible evaluation of candidates. For instance:
- Must release the results of a current physical exam by an objective physician. Only major impediments to the strenuousness of the duties
- Must release the results of a current psychological exam by an objective physician. Only major problems in decision-making capability
- Must release income tax for last 5 years
All House seats should be at-large elections across a state. This change is mainly intended to limit the power of gerrymandering. A side benefit is that broad support for an issue which is diffuse across the state would have the opportunity to bring its issues to the fore and occasionally elect a candidate that supports their views.
If the candidate wants to focus on a particular area of the state like the current congressional districts—ignoring the rest—that’s a choice they could make.
Instead of scrapping the Electoral College, which would be a major challenge as it’s directly in the Constitution, each state could decide to proportion their electoral votes to align with that state’s popular vote.
That would remove the intense focus on a small number of battleground states and their particular issues. More states and more issues would receive national attention.