"Jonah Goldberg: We Don't Need Beavis and Butt-head Voters"
See this LA Times commentary on the Arizona lottery for voters idea. Goldberg's column is not nearly as thoughtful as this SF Chronicle commentary by my colleague Lauren Willis.
Just to remind readers about Goldberg's views on voting, the following is from a footnote in my Washington and Lee piece on election reform(to support the statement: "at least some Republicans maintain the notion that it should not be so easy for people to vote."):
140. See, e.g., Jonah Goldberg, The Cellblock Voting Bloc, L.A. TIMES, Mar. 8, 2005, at B11 (suggesting that making voting easier would weaken government). Goldberg argues that:
[V]oting should be harder, not easier--for everybody. . . . If you are having an intelligent conversation with somebody, is it enriched if a mob of uninformed louts, never mind ex-cons and rapists, barges in? People who want to make voting easier are in effect saying that those who previously didn't care or know enough about the country to vote are exactly the kind of voters this country needs now.
Posted by Rick Hasen at July 27, 2006 09:13 AM