Montana Politics

Professor Natelson Demagogues Same Day Voting (from Colorado)

Current Montana voter and Colorado resident Rob Natelson wrote today that we should end same-say voter registration because, well, it will prevent fraud that has never been proven or seen. He writes:

The bill is in part an anti-fraud measure.  Opponents have tried to counter the bill by arguing that there has been an absence of same-day-registration electoral fraud.  But this means little since voter fraud—at least of the magnitude that can swing an election—is notoriously hard to prove.  More importantly, however, HB 180 is needed to stem corruption of another kind.

This is the practice of demagogues trucking unregistered people to the polls, people who are essentially transient with no real stake in the community.  Such folk, whose real home is often elsewhere, are more likely to be uninformed about issues, particularly local issues, they will be voting on.  These often include long-term financial measures (such as bond issues) they will not have to pay for.

Natelson’s problem is not with same-day registration at all; it’s with young people voting. In his 18th century view of the world, it seems only the propertied elite should have a say in our elections. He references an earlier post, in which he described the horrifying scene of a mad rabble of college-age voters, as evidence of this horrifying trend of young people voting.

In case Professor Natelson has forgotten, the only proven voter fraud in this state in the past five years was done by Republicans, who tried to disenfranchise legal, registered voters.

It’s the same Republican narrative over and over again. Claim voter fraud that you can’t prove in order to put restrictions on voting that will weed out undesirable elements, like those who Professor Natelson claims “are heavily dependent on government bennies.” As for me, I think those serving in the military, the elderly, the disabled, and young should be able to vote in Montana.

I’m just not sure that someone who lives in Colorado should get to.

If you appreciate an independent voice holding Montana politicians accountable and informing voters, and you can throw a few dollars a month our way, we would certainly appreciate it.

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  • He was in the GF Fibune the other day too. What the HELL are they doing that piece-o-shit write in OUR Montana papers? Colonrado can HAVE that asshole!

  • He was in the GF Fibune the other day too. What the HELL are they doing that piece-o-shit write in OUR Montana papers? Colonrado can HAVE that asshole!

  • Rob writes: “in the last election I did not try to vote in Colorado merely because I have a nine-month contract working here. I voted in Missoula, where I’ve been registered for nearly 24 years.”

    Don, by your standard of someone who is temporarily our of state for work reasons, that would seem to invalidate our Montana Military serving out of state as well. Don’t know how you make the distinction.

  • Rob writes: “in the last election I did not try to vote in Colorado merely because I have a nine-month contract working here. I voted in Missoula, where I’ve been registered for nearly 24 years.”

    Don, by your standard of someone who is temporarily our of state for work reasons, that would seem to invalidate our Montana Military serving out of state as well. Don’t know how you make the distinction.

  • I sure hope they renew his contract in Colorado. He was a disaster in Montana — a supposed Constitutional “scholar” who loved the idea of restricting the 1st Amendment rights of others, especially that pesky freedom of the press clause. Here’s his take (that as a victim) on UM’s student newspaper and its sexual advice column:

    http://electriccityweblog.com/?p=3287

    And Rob Natelson recently had another guest column in the Missoulian. He’s railing against “Obamacare” and what he calls health care freedom; otherwise known as the freedom to not afford health care and go bankrupt through medical debt.

    http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/article_3c778020-6122-11e0-aec1-001cc4c002e0.html

    This piece was written under the auspices of the Montana Policy Institute, a Libertarian think tank in Bozeman with dubious funding. MPI is also one of the Missoulian editorial board’s favorite contributors to the opinion page.

    I’m a big fan of catch and release but Colorado, you can keep him.

  • I sure hope they renew his contract in Colorado. He was a disaster in Montana — a supposed Constitutional “scholar” who loved the idea of restricting the 1st Amendment rights of others, especially that pesky freedom of the press clause. Here’s his take (that as a victim) on UM’s student newspaper and its sexual advice column:

    http://electriccityweblog.com/?p=3287

    And Rob Natelson recently had another guest column in the Missoulian. He’s railing against “Obamacare” and what he calls health care freedom; otherwise known as the freedom to not afford health care and go bankrupt through medical debt.

    http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/columnists/article_3c778020-6122-11e0-aec1-001cc4c002e0.html

    This piece was written under the auspices of the Montana Policy Institute, a Libertarian think tank in Bozeman with dubious funding. MPI is also one of the Missoulian editorial board’s favorite contributors to the opinion page.

    I’m a big fan of catch and release but Colorado, you can keep him.

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