Monday, November 3, 2008

Long wait lines to vote = Poll Tax

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow makes an excellent point regarding the long lines at voting stations, saying they are the equivalent of a "Poll Tax" (a abondoned practice of charging a fee to pay for your right to vote which ended in the 1960s). She says that many of those working class folk do not have the time to stand in long lines, especially as they do not get the day off.

It is inspiring to see people so dedicated to vote, but the facts that she cites on the 100,000+ voters in Ohio who gave up while in line is quite disturbing. Those votes could have changed some bad history.

Hope everyone does what they can to hang in line. I promise I will.

We're in for a bumpy Tuesday!

1 comment:

patrick said...

it's awesome that there has been this "problem" of long lines all over... people taking a greater interest in public issues is always a good thing, but people turning away is obviously bad... good observations/metaphor with the polltax