Voting for love, money or what?

October 4, 2012 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: news, Voting.

People shouldn’t sell their votes, right?

Certainly not.

But what does that mean?

The Washington Post’s David Farhenthold has an article about people who sell their votes, for money: Selling votes is common type of election fraud.

The price of one bona fide, registered American vote varies from place to place. But it is rarely more than a tank of gas. Indeed, as a rising furor over voter fraud has prodded some states to mount extensive efforts against illegal voters, election-fraud cases more often involve citizens who sell their votes, usually remarkably cheaply.

Why a person votes the way he or she does is a tricky subject.

We like to think that our voting decisions are at some distance from our personal well being, but that’s not always the case. Accepting money for voting one way when we might have voted the other is abhorrent to many of us, and it’s not the way democracy should work. On the other hand, a person’s reasons for voting one way rather than another generally should not be something that interests law enforcement.

As I said, it’s tricky.

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