Saturday, October 28, 2017

Voter suppression

There are complaints of "voter suppression" in several states in America. There are regulations adopted by the states ostensibly to prevent fraud in voting, but have the result of preventing legitimate voters (especially from minority groups) in casting their votes.

These regulations state that the voters have to register way ahead of the voting day and to provide documents to prove their identity. Many people missed the registration deadline or could not produce the documents. So, they were denied the right to vote as citizens.

Singapore has a simple system. We already have our NRIC. We are supposed to register our residential address, which is used to indicate the constituency for voting.

But the problem faced in America of voter registration is quite daunting. This cause doubts on the exercise of democracy.

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