Pros and Cons of Secret Ballot


#1

Interesting article about the history of voting transparency and the relatively new concept of a secret ballot. It explains why a secret ballot was important for preventing corruption, and hypothesizes that it might not be so great today.


#2

Ehhh if social pressure would have prevented people who genuinely wanted trump to be president from making it, i don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing - it’s all based on the assumption that what’s socially acceptable is what ought to be voted in, but I don’t think social acceptability is a necessarily a clear proxy for good policy. It does sound though like such a policy would reduce extreme/radical tendencies (or maybe give radical policy on the border of social acceptability a megaphone while quashing things that go beyond that line).