Purple Fingers and Shoe Leather
I am an election judge here in Scott County. I watch the process. As I think about it, I'm an integral part of the process. I've been put in charge of new voter confirmation and registration in the precincts where I've judged. And I've had people whine that I could not accept their last minute registration (7:55 p.m.) because they didn't bring acceptable identification.
I am not and will not be in favor of the "easy" registration, same day registration, etc. It is terribly fraught with opportunity for fraud ( www.hillsdale.edu/imprimis/2005/July/ ). I want the American voter to honor and so revere the vote that so many have bled and died for that they would drag themselves a mile over hot broken glass to register.
Now, to contrast what happened in Iraq yesterday: the percentages keep coming in between 60-70% of ELIGIBLE voters (whereas in America we have under 50% of REGISTERED voters. If we went with % of eligible voters in America we'd be under 30%). Plus, in America I don't ever remember being afraid of IED's, RPG's, AK-47's, mortars or snipers on my way to the polls.
And BTW, all these people in Iraq WALKED to the polls as no private vehicles were allowed to move.
And what do you think the voter turnout would be if Americans had to expend even a millimeter of shoe leather to vote?