As tremendously flawed as our voting system is—easily hackable voting machines, aggressively partisan redistricting plans, the myth of widespread voter fraud, and that’s just for starters—we can always take comfort in the fact that at least we’re not Zimbabwe. From a nice piece in today’s LA Times:
HARARE, ZIMBABWE — At meetings across the nation, officials of Zimbabwe’s ruling party have warned voters how they will know who casts ballots against longtime President Robert Mugabe in Friday’s scheduled runoff election: serial numbers.
The officials tell people that the ballot number will allow the ruling party to identify who has voted for the opposition so that they can be killed later, according to people who attended meetings in three neighborhoods around Harare, the capital.
So at least we have that going for us.