Wednesday, November 7, 2007

No More "Idiots" in New Jersey... Constitution.

Interestingly, one-third of local voters did NOT want the phrase "idiot or insane persons" removed from the state constitution.

Source: New Jersey statewide public question number four on the ballot yesterday:

Seeks voter approval to remove the words "idiot or insane persons" from the state Constitution as a reason for denying a person the right to vote and replace them with "person who has been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting."

At this point, I should comment on how, while common sense did prevail on this issue, it's no surprise to me that these same voters leaned heavily toward one particular political party. I should also comment on how I voted for the other political party, and that I think their party is evil and stupid.

Link of the Day: The authors of Freakonomics discuss voting. Think your vote counts? Time to get depressed. (This is why I saved this post for AFTER election day)

3 comments:

Jack said...

I truly believe that most voters think all ballot questions are for funding issues and that in turn will raise taxes. The constitutional question was not such a case. However many of those who voted against it thought it would have a financial impact. Had the question passed, these same individuals would have been reclassified as "person who has been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting."

Willie Y said...

Instead of using the politically correct, person who has been adjudicated by a court of competent jurisdiction to lack the capacity to understand the act of voting." I would have used nut job or wacko or even a half bubble off plum.It paints the same picture.

Anonymous said...

You have to admit, the longer phrase is more accurate. Some, for example, might define all members of your political party as "insane idiots" in which case you wouldn't be able to vote YES on Proposition 3.
-Loyal Imaginary Reader