Thursday, October 30, 2008

Purple Thumbs

Any attempts at ensuring that US elections are fair and just (i.e. eliminating voter fraud) are generally met with preposterous cries of racism and disenfranchisement. Providing proof of who you are to vote, so that your vote counts and is not negated by a fraudulent one disenfranchises who exactly?

Thus far critics of fair voting have relied on the claim that the supposed burden of having an ID will negatively impact the poor because they can't afford it and don't have it to begin with.

Well, a reader at NRO makes an obvious suggestion-

Maybe we should do what Iraq did - vote and dye.

Purple stain on your thumb when you vote- a positive way to make sure that you cannot vote twice and which, more importantly, places no economic burden on the voter.

So come on Dems- you the ones always wailing about fair elections. Why not step up to the plate and make sure that each person gets to vote once and once only? It certainly wouldn't do any harm either for some Republicans to see if they could get this passed into law. With park benches now qualifying as addresses, some method of making sure people don't vote more than one is definitely required.

Purple dye isn't going to disenfranchise anyone- so how could you possibly be opposed to it?

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