Beauties in vain their pretty eyes may roll; charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
- Pope, English Poet, Critic, and Translator (1688-1744)
Most people understand the simple fact that when fraudulent votes are cast in an election, it’s the law abiding citizen who ends up having their vote nullified. Because of this, many states are enacting voter ID laws to ensure that every legal vote counts, but it seems some would complain that these protections for the legal voters in America go too far.
For instance, we hear a lot of crying about laws requiring people to register before the election, so that there can be an official list of registered voters on the day of the election. Some would argue that not allowing registration on the day of the election creates an undue burden that could possibly “disenfranchise” some would be voters. College students are especially notorious for being overheard saying things such as, “Dude, you mean the election’s today? I haven’t even registered yet!”
Now think of all those poor would be voters, locked out of the democratic process and unable to “rock the vote” simply because they were hitting the bong, er – I mean, hitting the books too hard and never thought to stop at the registration booth they passed every day on their way to class or take five minutes at the other registration booth they passed every night in front of the grocery store as they were making those beer runs.
Well you know what? If expecting voters to register ahead of the election is an undue burden, then why should we stop there? Imagine the plight of people such as our friend Billy Redstate, who lives in a ranch house in Welcome, Montana, where his nearest neighbor is 5 miles away and his nearest polling place is 50 miles away.
The photo above shows Billy’s home in the golden summer sunshine. I would have shared a photo of Billy’s home around election time in November, but by then, it’s often hard to make out that there even is a house underneath all that snow.
Now think of the undue burden our process places on Billy and the couple thousand other would be voters scattered miles and miles around the polling place for their district, not to mention all the men and women serving in the military overseas. Just as sure as it’s an unreasonable burdon to imagine college students having to think ahead and register before the election, can we really expect Billy and his couple thousand neighbors to send in their absentee ballots ahead of the election as well? Because if they wake up on election day and they haven’t sent that absentee ballot in, for many, that’s a two or three day journey just to get to the polling place and they’re out of luck.
And if we’re completely honest and truthful about it, should we really expect any American to have to travel farther than the distance from their couch to the front door just to cast a vote?
Taxpayer-funded all-terrain mobile polling places driving door to door, enough of them to make a stop at every address in America – it’s the only way we can ensure that undue burdens do not disenfranchise voters.