Thought of the day

Why don’t we allow 16 year olds to vote? We let them get jobs and pay taxes, but for whatever reason, we don’t seem to think they deserve representation. I find this odd considering our early aversion to a little thing called taxation without representation.

2011 voting

The interesting results…

Locally, Maine has voted down Republican efforts to curb the ability of Democratic voters to cast their ballots. That is, Maine allows same-day voter registration and the Republicans tried to randomly add a couple of days to that. It is a fine system as is and it has featured zero issues; it’s obvious that the Republicans were just trying to weaken turn-outs for Democrats. Of course, the reality is that the number of people they would prevent from voting is probably pretty insignificant. But that doesn’t mean there was any reason whatsoever to change existing law.

We also rejected a couple of casinos. I voted for them because, well, why not? Jobs are jobs. Finally, we also have a census-based issue that involves changing redistricting from 3 years after the U.S. census to 1 year. It makes perfect sense, but it’s one of those issues that has to go up for a vote. Unfortunately, for whatever stupid reason, the vote is relatively close. The change will probably still happen, but there’s no reason for people to vote against it. I suspect this is one of those cases of people saying “no” because they didn’t understand the question.

Now onto the national stage…

Ohio voters don’t want to destroy public sector unions…

Mississippi is not willing to arbitrarily declare an egg to be a person…


Atlanta voters have said they want to buy alcohol on Sundays if they so please…

And now onto 2012.

Thought of the day

On voting: The voting age ought to be at least as low as 16. That is the age when most (perhaps all?) people are allowed to work. It should be the age when all people are allowed to vote. After all, why are we making teenagers pay into SS and other programs if we aren’t going to give them an equal say?

Also, I wouldn’t support it, but I can’t say I would be heartbroken if the U.S. adopted an Australia-like system where voting was mandatory.

Some people are just so wrong

This is a Letter to the Editor from today’s Kennebec Journal.

I don’t know about you but I am outraged to think that a felon can vote in Maine. Isn’t it wonderful that we have the reputation of being one of only two states in the country to allow a felon to vote?

Can you imagine that a pedophile who rapes a little child can vote? And, how about the adult rapist, the bank robber, the arsonist, the killer, the guys who used a machete to hack up those folks in Pittston and all the rest of the lowlifes.

I hope the editors of this newspaper write an editorial someday about this travesty of our law. The liberals like it because most of these punks vote for them. It’s easy to know why.

I will sign a petition to get this law changed. Is there an organization out there that will start one? Is there anybody or any group that will say “enough is enough?”

Is there a politician with guts enough to stand up and be counted and start the ball rolling? If the voters of this state don’t wake up and start electing people other than liberals, we will have such a mess that it will never get cleaned up.

C’mon folks, do something!

Roland Preble

Gardiner

Despite the lazy outrage (“Someone else do it!”), I actually was quite pleased to see this letter. I wasn’t aware (or at least had forgotten) that Maine allowed felons to vote. This is excellent. Why should criminality bar someone the voting booth? Committing a felony says nothing of a person’s ability or (more importantly) right to vote. I see no good argument for it.

I do, however, see a great argument against it. We still tax felons, no? We still charge them fees for various registrations and whathaveyou. If we are going to force them to give money to the state for the benefit of the whole, we must also give them the right to have a say in what we do with that money. It is not the place of the state to permanently dictate to any person what it shall do with said person’s money. That is an unreasonable punishment. It amounts to a life-long fine. Worst yet, it strips people of certain fundamental rights. The right to vote should never be taken away from any person, no matter how heinous a crime has been committed.

But I would imagine Roland would prefer felons to vote. The vast majority of the prison population is Christian and against da gays. The whole group could be a boon for conservative issues (like bigotry and ignoring reason).