Friday, November 03, 2006

Coulter's vote

A couple of weeks ago, Ann Coulter told Fox News the following:
"Way too many people vote. We should have fewer people voting. There ought to be a poll tax to take the literacy test before voting."

Of course, this is noteworthy coming from a self-described "constitutional scholar", since, as Media Matters notes:
The 24th Amendment to the Constitution, ratified in 1964, states that "[t]he right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax."

But it seems that Coulter may be getting her wish. In Florida, at least, it seems likely that at least one less person will be voting: Ann Coulter.

Coulter is in serious legal trouble for apparently registering to vote in a district other than the one where she lives. In Florida, that's a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Not only that, as the most recent news account makes clear, she's also at risk of having her voter registration revoked, since she's refusing to cooperate with the investigation:
Anderson, a Democrat, said a letter was sent to Coulter on March 27 requesting that she clarify her address for the voting records "or face the possibility of her voter registration being rescinded." Three more letters were sent to Coulter and her attorney, but she has yet to respond with the information requested, Anderson said.

Given her refusal to cooperate, what seems likely, as Mark Gisleson observes, is that Coulter will simply not vote in this election at all in order to avoid the legal ramifications of doing so.

The next time she's on TV after this election, someone should ask her if she voted. And if so, where?

That is, if she allows anyone on the air with her who might ask her that. Someone, that is, other than Mickey Kaus.

The moral of this fable: Projection is a karmic bitch.

Here in Washington state, in the wake of the Republican effort to force in a Republican governor in a close election, we've had to subsequently deal with GOP attempts to disenfranchise voters by accusng them of having voted fraudulently. This was all in the vein of multiple attempts by the GOP to disqualify voters in the 2004 election.

Why do Republicans hate democracy? Why do they hate America?

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