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Federalist Editor: Easy Voting For Uninformed People 'Degrades' Democracy

By    |   Monday, 06 Oct 2014 02:00 PM

Mail-in balloting, election-day registration and early voting make democratic participation easier, but don't require citizens to be truly informed about candidates and issues, says a writer who argues that limiting ease of access could force voters to treat this sacred obligation more seriously.

David Harsanyi, senior editor of The Federalist, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Monday that he's not for taking away anybody's right to vote — he just wants more informed balloting because casual, easy voting by people with little or no knowledge "degrades" the sanctity of the vote and is "dangerous" for democracy.

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With political battles and court challenges raging over voting rules in several states, Harsanyi suggested that shortening the window for early voting — setting a deadline — is one way of signaling the importance of elections and incentivizing voters to pay meaningful attention.

Another "MidPoint" guest, communications strategist Danielle Moodie-Mills, agreed that voters should know more about the political choices they make, but she disputed that voter-friendly rules are the problem.

Moodie-Mills, who served in the administration of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said that people should be able to vote without standing on line for hours or losing income by taking valuable time away from work.

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