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View Diary: UPDATE: Walker's Goons and Facebook Threats: You Signed a Petition, So We Know Where You Live! (318 comments)

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  •  Can someone answer this for me? (7+ / 0-)

    First off - I am all for recall petitions, I am not for voter ID.

    But, if voting is confidential (ie I go in the booth and pick a candidate privately) why can't signing a petition also be anonymous?

    I get that addresses and names need to be validated - it is the same reason why I have to check into my wards when I vote - but, how can a petition signer sign legally yet still remain anonymous?

    I think that is what is concerning to some individuals.  Me, personally, hell yeah I signed the petition.  But, I also know a lot of others that keep their politics close to the vest.  And, they are the ones that sites like "I will be getting your name off the recall petition" are targeting.

    It goes back to creating fear.  It is the only thing the GOP has left.

    •  nothing to fear but fear itself (2+ / 0-)
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    •  The mere act of voting is not (0+ / 0-)

      confidential.  In most states, anybody can go to the appropriate office and get a list of everyone who voted in any particular election.  Local, county and state political parties do it all the time.  Does your party consider you a "supervoter" who votes in every election?  How do you think they know if you're a  supervoter?

      Your average joe is not going to do it, because it's relatively expensive.  

      And songs be heard, instead of sighs.

      by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Mon Jan 30, 2012 at 10:31:51 PM PST

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      •  I vote in every election. (2+ / 0-)

        I never, ever skip out on voting.
        Any local politician who knows what's up will keep a list of people like me. I get calls, mail and lit-drops from both parties and any activist group you care to mention.

        If you vote, they want you on their side.
        The Woody Allen quote about "80% of success in life consists of showing up" goes up to 100% when you're talking about politics. Showing up on election day is what it's all about.

        I started with nothing and still have most of it left. - Seasick Steve

        by ruleoflaw on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 06:53:12 AM PST

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      •  Yes, but they don't know who you voted for. (1+ / 0-)
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        For instance, if I were to vote in all the GOP primaries, you might assume that I always vote GOP. But you can't know which candidate I voted for out of a group or if I vote GOP in elections with other party candidates.

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