jeff jacoby | welfare and the election
Why should we beg anyone to vote?
The key problem with the mass-mailing nudging everyone on the Massachusetts welfare rolls to register to vote isn’t that it was prompted by a lawsuit filed by several left-wing advocacy groups. It isn’t that public funds and records are being deployed to drum up votes among people considerably more likely to support Democrats. What’s truly objectionable here is the goal that supposedly justifies the whole operation: the idea that states should do all they can to make registering to vote and casting a ballot as easy as possible.