Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I do not condone the cool crime of voter fraud

So, when voting today, I was reminded of how easy and painless it is. Show up at the right place, give my name, address, and birthday, and they let me help decide who rules the country (world? Universe?). Now, on one hand that's a good thing. You don't want to discourage voting. And with our history, we certainly need to avoid the slightest hint of "pass some test or criteria before you're allowed your vote".

However, it seems so easy to fake. My name and address are not ironclad secrets, and due to my love of presents and cake, I'm fool enough to actually TELL people my birthday.

Here's the way I see it: Certainly, one stolen vote wont be enough to make a difference. But in plenty of places, ~1,000 votes is probably significant. Now, if you're corrupt enough to rig votes, you're corrupt enough to whore your public office out for money. Would-be evil winners of these elections stand to make millions of dollars!

Now think about it. If 1,000 stolen votes could be worth $10,000,000, then 1 stolen vote is sellable for a cool $10k. Criminals commit gas station robberies for a fraction of that. And unlike the voting boothes, there are actual video cameras to catch your face at those stations!

Anyways, I am not advocating voter fraud! Just wonder why I've never shown up to vote and been told "sorry, you already did".

p.s. The other crime I don't advocate (goo.gl/Oc5f) but have always wondered about: That solid gold statue on top of the Mormon temple beside the Beltway. How come noone's ever heist'ed it? The cost of renting a helicopter and a chainsaw has got to be way less then what that amount of gold sells for.

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