Proper registration

By Megan McArdle

It has come to my attention that someone posted as me in the comments section, claiming that I had registered as a Democrat.  This is not true; sorry for anyone who was misled.  I've never registered as a member of a major party, and I find it hard to imagine doing so for other than very temporary reasons, like having some desperately strong preference in a primary.

On a related note, a couple of people have asked me why I didn't just go up to New York to vote--or, more practically, since I'm covering the election, why I didn't vote absentee.  The answer is that I am not a legal resident of New York.  It is therefore illegal to vote there.

This is not particularly urgent, since my voting "options" were New York and DC; in both places, the question is not who will carry the state, but whether Obama will get a mere 80% or so of the vote, or achieve Saddam Hussein-like vote totals*.


*Before you say it--no, not by fixing the election, by being so popular that he achieves fairly what Saddam achieved by force.

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2008/10/proper-registration/4290/