And to think they let me get away with it for five years

Date:November 2, 2004 / year-entry #382
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Comments:    23
Summary:According to the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, Article II, paragraph 6: No idiot or insane person shall enjoy the right of suffrage. Why are constitutional articles labelled with Roman numerals? Makes it sound like the Super Bowl or something. The state appellate court did rule a few years ago that being hospitalized for psychiatric...

According to the Constitution of the State of New Jersey, Article II, paragraph 6:

No idiot or insane person shall enjoy the right of suffrage.

Why are constitutional articles labelled with Roman numerals? Makes it sound like the Super Bowl or something.

The state appellate court did rule a few years ago that being hospitalized for psychiatric treatment does not constitute being insane for the purpose of determining voter eligibility.

Today is Election Day in the United States. Don't forget to vote! (Void where prohibited.)

Comments (23)
  1. Dubya says:

    If an idiot can stand for President and win, why can’t an idiot vote?

  2. Manip says:

    If idiots can’t vote then Bush can’t be re-elected! .. Joke. I’m sure there are some intelligent Bush supporters (which I am yet to find..)

  3. Oren says:

    I think the better question is why the Super Bowl insists on using Roman numerals.

  4. James Curran says:

    Reminds me of the time I was a poll worker in my home town of Cedar Grove, NJ (home also the "Essex County Hospital Center" — a facility for the mental ill. I noticed several page of people on the rolls, all with the same address — Until I realized that was the hospital’s address, and they were all patients. (The hospital director was also on the county’s Democratic Committee)

  5. Steve says:

    Hmmm. Bush got higher SAT scores that Kerry. What does that make Kerry? I’d call him a moron but now I don’t recall if moron is dumber than idiot.

  6. Gene Hamilton says:


    That is because the "other side" doesn’t have a valid point of view. Right?

  7. Ben Hutchings says:

    Of course the other side doesn’t have a valid point of view. I’m smart enough to be right, and they disagree, so they must be wrong. Duh.

    (That isn’t meant to be serious, by the way.)

  8. Dave says:

    "No idiot or insane person shall enjoy the right of suffrage. "

    That will leave very few Democrats or Republicans who can vote, and real change can happen… I can dream can’t I?

    I’ve exercised my right to not vote this time around.

  9. Matt says:

    There’s still time to vote for Raymond Chen as a write in. :)

  10. Andy says:

    In TX, we can only "write in" candidates that are already listed on the ballot. Huh?

  11. Art Rogers says:

    Raymond again references sports. And it happens right after the Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time in 86 years! I think Raymond is a closet Boston sports fan as the New England Patriots have won the Super Bowl two of the last three years and the last time I remember a sports refernece was right after the Pats second championship. I’m sure I will be corrected if I missed a sports refernece in between.

    If you go in sane do you come out sane?

  12. Arun Philip says:

    Raymond wrote: "Void where prohibited."

    I’m not a US citizen, so under what cases would the above statement apply?

  13. Ben Hutchings says:

    Arun: That’s a general disclaimer for promotions, meaning "If this is illegal where you are, forget we mentioned it."

  14. meh. says:

    Bush has simply been campaigning hard for the idiot vote these last four years.

    And the resulting turnout has apparently been what he’s hoped for.

  15. Republican says:

    I may be an idiot then, but at least I’m not a loser :)

  16. Raymond Chen says:

    Folks can we please stifle the partisan bickering? Don’t make me delete all your comments…

  17. Arun Philip says:

    Slightly Off-topic.

    You Americans ought to be glad that you have only the Republican and Democrat parties, and indies like Nader to choose from.

    In my country (India) every other person (slight exaggeration) ends up starting their own party during election time. The Election Commission is forced to arbitrate between election symbols (which are very important since not all voters are educated, and can only distinguish between parties by their symbols). Prior to elections, when the code of conduct comes into play, parties cannot even use these symbols (or the actual objects they are based on), since it appears to influence voters. So, in the days up to an election, a party member riding a bicycle itself is cause for trouble, since the bicycle is a (popular) election symbol.

  18. Al says:

    I don’t know much about anything but is there a reason more people don’t vote for the OBVIOUS (in my opinion) choices like Nader? He has a best policies, the only things that let him down is a slight indecision, for instance, if I recall, he hasn’t quite decided on stem cell research, but that doesn’t make him a bad president, it just means he’s taking the time to think it out properly.

    Okay I assume the actual reason people don’t vote for independent candidates is because they are just that. But why? Why must it just be about Republican vs. Democrat? *sigh* I dunno, and like I said I know very little about American politics…

    Funny think I heard, though: the Republican party actually funds Nader’s (and probably others’) campaigns somewhat. I assume this is because he is GREAT at taking Democratic votes away form the Democrats. People who actually see sense (sorry) and try to change the country would usually go for Kerry but then Nader comes along with even better ideals, and they’re drawn in, meaning Kerry gets and even smaller percentage so Bush can beat him. It’s a very clever idea, and very sad, too.

    Just my "two cents"… : )

  19. Mat Hall says:

    I always thought the electoral college deal was bizarre, but reading this — — it’s even worse than I thought, and it turns out you’re lucky you even get to vote at all…

  20. Troy King says:

    > No idiot or insane person shall enjoy the right of suffrage.

    I’m not so sure a *sane* person can enjoy the right of suffrage these days.

  21. Hal O'Brien says:

    Raymond, I think you have it the wrong way around: Super Bowls are trying to put the gravitas of such high-falutin’ things as the Constitution upon itself.

    As to why Roman numerals in the first place… I dunno. Outline format? Who’s on the Word team? :)

  22. Michael J Smith says:

    I’m a foreigner (Aussie, actually) so I don’t have strong opinions on the US election. However it seems to me that those calling Mr Kerry "stupid" are barking up the wrong tree.

    According to Jerry Pournelle <> the Republicans are the "Stupid Party" and the Democrats are the "Evil Party". So Mr Bush must be stupid and Mr Kerry evil. Try not to get them the wrong way ’round. :-)

    That seems much easier than in Australia, where many of our politicians are both stupid *and* evil.

  23. Fred says:

    I’m French and so you imagine I have a strong opinion about US election :-)

    OK it’s a joke!

    But even if this desesperate me I don’t think your president is so stupid you (and I) mean.

    Beeing reelected after beeing the worse president you even had, I think it’s clever!

    Michael, was M. Nixon the evil from the stupid party?

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