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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Guatemala Bans Drunken Voting

This is interesting:
In the interest of democracy, Guatemala strives for a sober electorate.

Like many Latin American countries, Guatemala bans the sale or consumption of alcohol around election time., reports National Public Radio’s Morning Edition (listen here). So in preparation for last Sunday’s presidential vote, the country went dry from noon on Saturday until 6 a.m. on Monday. Officials say cutting off alcohol reduces political violence and results in clearer-headed voters.
So Latin American countries don't want their citizens' judgment impaired at all when they enter their votes. Because we all know that voters' always show good judgment, and never vote with anything but a clear head. Riiiight.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is nothing new. Here in Illinois you cannot buy liquor while the polls are open.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Soccer Dad said...

And if the colonials had instituted such a rule George Washington might never have become first in the hearts of his countrymen.
As Pogue told Knight Ridder reporter Matt Stearns in a 2002 interview, Washington viewed the liquor business from both a business and political perspective. It made him money and got him votes, Pogue explained, since it was customary at the time for politicians to treat voters to liquor at Virginia’s polling places.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh that we could blame drunken voters for the incompetent nitwit that has been our President for the past seven years! Perhaps there is an electro-magnetic field surrounding voting machines or polling places that adversely affects the brain cells of voters?

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