Skip to comments.Federal judge says no constitutional right to secret ballot in Boulder case
Posted on 09/22/2012 10:41:52 PM PDT by newzjunkey
Saying there is no fundamental right to a secret ballot, a federal judge Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by elections integrity activists that challenged whether counties can print ballots with identifying numbers that critics say can be traced back to individual voters easily. ...
[Judge] Arguello said activists had not shown the plaintiffs had suffered or would suffer any specific injury that could be remedied by a federal court. She said that even if a ballot could be traced back to a specific voter, it doesn't show that a person's voting rights were violated, saying there was no "fundamental right" to a secret vote in the U.S. Constitution. ...
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It would be in the constitution of individual states. Here in Georgia, the state constitution, Article II. Section I. Paragraph I., states: "Method of voting. Elections by the people shall be by secret ballot and shall be conducted in accordance with procedures provided by law."
Why are the voting booths private? Why not just sit around a big table wearing name badges and vote with cameras over our shoulders recording our every move?
Would that disenfranchise voters? Would minorities who don't want to show a picture ID be more willing to vote thanks to her ruling?
A Federal judge wouldn’t have jurisdiction in that case.