Comment: it's such a strange and convoluted process

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it's such a strange and convoluted process

Every state has such strange rules and procedures for going through this process, and it's sometimes hard to figure out the rules even if you look hard. There have to be smarter ways to do this. There is zero chance that if these systems were being designed from scratch, they would look like this.