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Forum Post: Interesting how many state bounds Federal Govt crosses, yet voter registration

Posted 12 years ago on Dec. 26, 2011, 11:05 a.m. EST by FrogWithWings (1367)
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procedures for federal elections are left up to individual states.

I'm thinking one doesn't have to be a brain scientist or rocket surgeon to figure out why.



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[-] 1 points by MichaelB (128) 12 years ago

It was a power left to the states in the constitution. The reason could have been as simple as the framers not wanting to get involved in how states decide to run elections. At the time the states were closer to being considered sovereign. What are you trying to hint at?

[-] 1 points by FrogWithWings (1367) 12 years ago

Other than it being hair-brained in light of many current registration skirmishes, I can't really say as I actually am a rocket surgeon and part time brain scientist.

However, do you find it interesting that the qualifier "reasonable", as stated in the Constitution has long since been thrown out the window and even illiterate persons, complete vegetables unable to even take care of themselves, mentally retarded, etc... are all able to vote?

Originally, one had to actually prove "reasonableness".

It's a sad truthful shame that just because a citizen obtains a federally approved High School Diploma, in many cases these graduates would not come close to qualifying as reasonable when these terms were originally adhered to, as well as though they should be today.

[-] 1 points by MichaelB (128) 12 years ago

American voters are pretty dumb as a group, I'll certainly admit that. Any attempt to set standards though has groups upset about being disenfranchised. Being uninformed certainly works today to the advantage of the incumbent.