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Comment: Re:That exists also (Score 1) 1089

by Electricity Likes Me (#49307119) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Hi, I'm an electoral roll. Polling station staff check names off of me when people turn up to cast an anonymous vote. In this way, it quickly becomes apparent if a person claiming a particular name has voted multiple times, at multiple polling stations.

And nobody would be smart enough to think that maybe they should use the name of a dead person, or some name other than their own, when they cast their second, third, etc ballot?

Yes, you will catch people who are honest enough to use their own name every time they try to vote, but then, they aren't the ones that need to be caught.

It turns out the rate of this happening is so low as to be nearly non-existent.

Well, yes, I can believe that your strawman is truly a strawman. But how many times do people using multiple names vote? You're not looking for that, and you aren't stopping that.

In a mandatory voting system, every person has to vote. Which means any attempt at multiple voting will be caught when the real owner of a name turns up to vote.

Dead people aren't on electoral rolls - some might be, but are literally thousands of dead people still rotting in their homes before they're removed from rolls, enough to sway an election? No.

Comment: Re:what's the C in AC stand for? (Score 1) 1089

by Electricity Likes Me (#49299357) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

I am shocked, shocked that something which sounds like an urban myth would also just happen to support a policy principally supported by Republicans because it would disenfranchise far more then 2200 possibly fraudulent votes, which would be trivially verifiable if these people and their addresses were on official electoral rolls, which they would have to be.

This is even more shocking, because supercentarians are sufficiently rare as to be of some significant interest in human life-expectancy. It's almost like there's a vested interest in people ensuring they never confirm or find any real proof of whether or not this story is real.

Comment: Re:That exists also (Score 2, Informative) 1089

by Electricity Likes Me (#49299341) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Hi, I'm an electoral roll. Polling station staff check names off of me when people turn up to cast an anonymous vote. In this way, it quickly becomes apparent if a person claiming a particular name has voted multiple times, at multiple polling stations.

It turns out the rate of this happening is so low as to be nearly non-existent. It is metrically insignificant, since the small fraction of attempts do not result in enough votes to potentially change the result of an election, and if it did it would result in a re-run.

Comment: Re:It is time to get up one way or the other (Score 1) 1089

by Electricity Likes Me (#49299297) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

The thing about voter disenfranchisement is that it doesn't work nearly as well if there's mandatory voting. The proportion of people who turn up and will cast a donkey vote is much smaller then the proportion of people who will have an opinion when they know they have to vote, whereas the ones who would vote randomly disappear as statistical noise (since they don't vote in any particular direction).

Moreover, there's no faster way to highlight the BS than when you try to send a $30 fine (the fine for missing a federal election in Australia) to an entire district who just so happened to have only the 1 polling station.

Comment: Re:FMH (Score 2) 128

So here's the thing: violence is easy to explain to children. "just don't do it". Is it sometimes okay? "yes, sometimes, in self-defense".

Try explaining sex and relationships the same way though. Try explaining why it's okay in one scene, but then between the same two people not okay in another. Given that their are legal adults who clearly do not understand this distinction, it is not unreasonable that sex tends to attract higher age ratings than violence. You can get through your whole life without needing to engage in violence. Sex and relationships therein ? Much less so.

Comment: Re:Battle for mindshare, or for page hits? (Score 1) 319

by Electricity Likes Me (#49086147) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare

Browserify lets me write a server, import modules with npm, then require() them in my clientside Javascript and have everything be automatically pulled in by npm. It means I can move logic client to server side trivially. node.js is a huge benefit to rapid web app development. I don't know that I'd implement heavy business logic in it, but when you're building a web app the client and server are fairly intimately tied together.

That's a level of seamless you just can't get from any other combination.

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