The repeated snubbing of Art Monk has led many to question the voting process. It encourages the voters to play politics, it creates logjams among teams and positions, and it creates tremendous anger from football fans. The rest of this site is dedicated to working within the process to get Monk elected, but we must also consider the fact that the process itself has flaws.
I can see two changes that could be made:
The Hall of Fame vote is currently secretive, although many voters freely disclose their own votes, as demonstrated on this site. Making the votes public would not change the process significantly, but it would give fans more insight into the process and would help them to understand the difficult decisions that voters face. It would let players know how close they are when they get snubbed year after year. If the voters feel that confidentiality is necessary to allow them to cast their votes honestly, they could still keep the final vote secret, where each candidate must receiver 80%. There is no reason to keep the other parts of the process so secretive, and it only makes things more difficult for the candidates and the fans.
Expand the Voting Committee
A lot of power is placed in the hands of a very small group of people on the voting committee. It is surprising that a sport with such large rosters has such a small pool of voters for its hall of fame. The voting could be expanded to simply include more writers or the Hall of Famers could be given a vote. The process could even incorporate a fan vote that counts as a fraction of the outcome. Putting hte responsibility on a larger group of people would discourage political vote trading and would increase public fiath in the process.