posted on Oct, 23 2006 @ 03:30 PM
Originally, voting was open. I'm not sure how they did it, but I think the citizens basically got together, and everyone said who they wanted to vote
for, and that was it. However, open ballots are susceptible to vote buying and coercion. Someone can easily tell you to vote for someone or else. For
instance a company could fire all of its employees, who voted for a specific candidate.
However, even more ominious is that politicians would know everyone who didn't vote for them. Some politicians might decide to stop providing
government services to people, who didn't vote for them. On a local level, trash might not get picked up from people, who didn't vote the right way.
On a national level, the IRS might only audit people who didn't vote for the candidate in power. A secret ballot means you can only do this on a
group level, and if you region or ethnic group is going to oppose the candidate, anyway, there is little reason to be part of whatever small
percentage votes for the candidate.