Allowing people with no ‘skin in the game’ has the same bad ending wherever it’s tried. Eventually you end up with a huge under class who votes for their freebies.
Even the founders recognized the problem associated with everyone voting.
I say you need show a paycheck with at least $1000 in taxes paid before you get to vote.
‘I say you need show a paycheck with at least $1000 in taxes paid before you get to vote.’
....’shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or OTHER TAX. ‘
Add that the voter and both his parents must be US born........
> I say you need show a paycheck with at least $1000 in taxes paid before you get to vote.
I say you should get 1 vote for every dollar paid in tax. Irrespective of your sex, citizenship status (tho’ specifically excluding illegal aliens) or how much property you own. Must be a real individual and not a corporate body or a trust, and must be an onshore resident and not overseas. 1 vote for every dollar of tax paid, federal and state.
Yes, perhaps the rich would get more votes, but only if they paid tax. If they’ve got it sheltered in offshore banks, well, no votes for them. Welfare deadbeats, with few or no votes they won’t get to influence the election much. The people who pay the most tax — the middle class — would decide each election, as is only right: they have the most skin in the game.
All voters would be easily identifiable: if they paid tax, the IRS knows about them already, and could even mail them out their ballots. Vote rigging would be nearly impossible. Voter fraud would be a dumb thing to do: the IRS doesn’t have a sense of humor.
“..I say you need show a paycheck with at least $1000 in taxes paid before you get to vote...”
I would simply add to that - one should be a “property owner” (definitions?) and be over the age of 25 years old.
I mentioned that there should not be universal suffrage, but some sort of qualification, such as paying income taxes, and I was called an elitist snob by a conservative republican at work.
People have a hard time getting over the fallacy of equality.
Aye, I've come to thinking along the same lines. Restrict the right to vote to 'heads of households' who are stakeholders in the community (ie., have lived there for some minimum length of time).