I took advantage of early voting today.
As soon as i joined the already long line, I became starkly aware that I reside in a retirement village, because the only person in the line younger than me was drooling on a teething ring.
There was a confusing amendment about allowing idiots to vote.
Proposed Constitutional Amendment No. 1
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC
Pursuant to Article 19, Section 22, of the Arkansas Constitution, the 86th General Assembly refers the following constitutional amendment to a vote of the people on November 4, 2008. Each elector upon voting his/her ballot shall vote for or against this amendment.
Stricken language would be deleted from the present Constitution. Underlined language would be added to the present Constitution.
State of Arkansas As Engrossed: S2/7/07 86th General Assembly
Regular Session, 2007 SJR 4 Referred Amendment #1
By: Senator Faris
AN AMENDMENT CONCERNING VOTING, QUALIFICATIONS OF VOTERS AND ELECTION OFFICERS, AND THE TIME OF HOLDING GENERAL ELECTIONS.
“AMENDING VARIOUS PROVISIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTION CONCERNING VOTING AND ELECTIONS; PROVIDING THAT ALL PERSONS MAY VOTE WHO ARE CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES, RESIDENTS OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, AT LEASE EIGHTEEN (18) YEARS OF AGE, AND LAWFULLY REGISTERED TO VOTE; TO REPEAL THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE RIGHT TO VOTE SHALL NOT BE MADE TO DEPEND ON ANY PREVIOUS REGISTRATION OF AN ELECTOR’S NAME; REPEALING ARTICLE 3, SECTION 5 OF THE ARKANSAS CONSTITUTIONAL PROVIDING THAT NO IDIOT OR INSANE PERSON SHALL BE ENTITLED TO THE PRIVILEGES OF AN ELECTOR; AND PERMITTING THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO ESTABLISH THE DATE AND TIME OF ELECTIONS AND THE QUALIFICATIONS OF ELECTION OFFICERS.*
Do they mean, yes I’m for idiots and insane people voting, or no I’m not? It seemed to mean the amendment would remove the restriction on the idiots and the insane…I guess if you can’t understand it, vote “against”–unless you’re an idiot or insane. But then, you wouldn’t be voting today if you were an idiot or insane, because the amendment hasn’t passed yet to allow that….though there is overwhelming evidence that idiots and the insane have always been able to vote, somehow….If i get to choose, however, I’d choose. um…NO.
If we DO allow idiots and the insane to vote i can just see it now–an ACORN bus pulls up with a load of all their newly registered voters and they’re all wearing scrubs, and being herded to the polling machine by a chaperon in a lab coat.
Hey–do the schizophrenics get to vote once for every voice in their head?
Seriously. We need more clarity in the language for amendments. Even smart people like me are confused. How does that help the process? I am SO ready to change my residency to Colorado. You have no idea.