Re: voter-induced compromise of the paper trail

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Fri Nov 12 2004 - 15:42:10 CST

On Nov 12, 2004, at 2:58 PM, Robert Rapplean wrote:

> I have a question. Why do people consider it a bad thing if a person
> walks home with a peice of paper that states how they voted?

Because the voter can hand that paper to a crook who's agreed to
pay them for voting the right way.

Your landlord offers you a rent cut if you vote for his brother for
city council.

Your union boss says you'll get the night shift forever unless you
vote Democratic.

Your boss says you'll get the night shift forever unless you vote
Republican.

The ward boss who says the sidewalk in front of your small business
will be eternally torn up and under construction unless you vote for
the party machine.

and on down the line.

These aren't mere academic possibilities, they are established reality
in parts of the United States today. We don't want to enable the
spread of these kinds of schemes!

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu
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