by: the Common Constitutionalist
It’s gotten so easy to vote nowadays. There is early (and often) voting, absentee voting, vote by mail, and I’m sure in the not too distant future there will be internet voting, right from ones Smartphone.
Voting used to be a privilege – a process where a citizen would actually want to make an effort to register when they were of age. It was considered our civic duty and Americans took pride in the process, knowing that many countries don’t even afford their citizens the privilege to vote for anything or anyone. Citizens might listen to the candidates speak, read up on them or maybe check their past voting records and where the candidates might stand on the issues they thought were important.
Yet today it’s made out to be some great inconvenience – to go all the way to a city or town hall to register in person. Then you have to go to the polling place and cast a ballot for the candidate of your choice, It’s as if, by making the effort they expect us to be informed enough to know where the candidates stand. Oh the horror!
But that all seems so hard. Why can’t someone just make it easy, so we never have to make the slightest effort to register or vote? Why can’t we just Tweet our vote, or register on Facebook with our friends? Why can’t someone just develop a voting app?
Well, I’m sure some democrat is working on all those possibilities – but in the mean time, one civic-minded Governor has made life in one state a lot easier. read more