July 18, 2006

Voting is just too hard

I’m a day late on this possible ballot initiative in Arizona. I’ve given it 24 hours, and the sheer lunacy of this still boggles the mind. For those unaware, this initiative would -if passed anyway- add a random $1 million cash prize to one lucky voter each general election.

Do I really need to get into this? Is the move towards making voting as easy as possible by Internet voting and vote-by-mail not enough? We need to add a prize to it? Sweet Jesus people, this isn’t a Happy Meal. Look, in return for living in the richest, freest, most powerful nation in the history of the freakin’ world, you are expected to have some rudimentary idea of what happens in the world and to take 10 minutes once every 2 years and make an at least slightly informed decision on who you think would best run your city, state and country. It’s that and jury duty, really a worthwhile trade-off.

If the 1 in 12 million chance at a million bucks is the difference between voting and not-voting, please don’t bother.

Posted by Frinklin at July 18, 2006 09:39 PM | TrackBack

I agree completely. I think that the people who would sign up to vote based on the possibility of a cash prize are exactly the people we do NOT want to see voting. As if the performance of voters in recent years wasn't bad enough already...

Posted by: Mediocre Fred at July 19, 2006 10:57 AM
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