^^ Yes. That's the principle behind representative democracy. For better or worse you let everyone vote even if the voters are stupid, ill-informed or what have you.
Tom, I may never have said this before or say it again, but I agree with you entirely.
None of us have (or should ever have, at any rate) the right to say that certain people can't vote. And yes, I support prisoners being allowed to vote, since with successful enough rehabilitation most of them will one day reenter society anyway. That may require a different thread to discuss though.
Stupidity is not a crime, and we don't discriminate against people based on that. Nor, within reason, their beliefs. Yes, I abhor the existence of support for parties like the BNP. Yes, I abhor the beliefs and attitudes of those who support them. But it's their right to do so, and as long as the parties exist people have the right to vote for them. Each to their own, no matter how, pathetic, stupid or inept.
Madrugada: That would be a minor technical issue, IF one has the right of acquirering the needed information, and the bar is not set too high.
Besides, what do you propose to deal with the people who do not vote for whatever reason and the people that mindlessy support their default because it is their default?
No such thing as "not set too high" for someone or other. What about the elderly, infirm, those who are sensory impaired, or mentally challenged? None of these are things against which we discriminate where possible, but all of them are some of the large barriers to any test.
Do people often vote for the default? Obviously. But that means it's their opponents job to change their minds, not ours to rig the voting system to prevent the default winning. Some people genuinely think the "default" is the best candidate/party after all - and sometimes they're right.
Default voting means that the people are not voting for who they want, or who they want to represent them, but rather at the default choice. It means that they are also blocking the rest of the population from a fair vote.
If they're not impairing anyone else from voting then they're not blocking the fairness of the vote. "They're voting for a candidate I dislike in large numbers DOES NOT equate to "They're ruining the legitimacy of the vote itself"
edited 25th May '11 11:32:12 AM by CaissasDeathAngel
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