The Delaware State Senate is preparing to consider Senate Bill 111, a bill to allow same-day registration and voting. If it is passed, unregistered voters will be able to go to a polling place (not necessarily theirs) to register and vote. There are two basic problems with this: One, it will be difficult to determine if the person is a convicted felon, and thus likely ineligible to vote. Two, if the person is an illegal immigrant, the poll worker will unlikely be permitted to ask for proof of citizenship, and therefore will register and allow an illegal vote to be cast, which cannot be recalled.
In presidential years, there are often lines to vote now. Just think of the crunch that would result if registration were added to the duties! Why do we need this? The state has made it easy to register. You can register at the DMV, at The Department of Elections or online. If a person is not responsible enough to register by one of these means, do we really want them to vote?
This argument raises the issue of voting by "low information voters" – they don't know the issues and they are unfamiliar with the candidates, typically. They vote their pocketbook. This brings up the adage of the cycle all democracies go through: Democracy can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy. Basically we are at that point with almost 50 percent of our population on some form of government subsidy – welfare, food stamps (SNAP), EITC and even free cellphones! I urge readers to contact your state senator to urge them to vote "NO" on SB 111. R Jerry Martin Heatherbrooke SB 111 was voted out of committee on June 11, but not acted on before the General Assembly recessed at the end of June.