As I've been watching the coverage of the Iraq elections, something's been bugging me about those inked fingertips, but I couldn't put my finger (sorry) on it for the longest time, then it hit me:
Why don't we do this? Voter fraud has been a problem here in the good ol' U.S. of A. for quite a while now. Would it hurt for us to get temporarily "stamped" in some way to prevent jokers from double- or even triple-voting?
One problem I see: Early voting...the ink won't last that long. Another problem: I doubt Americans will succeumb as easily to getting branded like cattle, even temporarily and even in a benign fashion.
Anyway, I think it's interesting that we've seemed to set up a voting system for Iraq with at least one safeguard that we don't even have.
Also, and in any case, I love the little jokes making the rounds about the voters giving the insurgents/terrorists the "finger". Yes, it's an obvious joke, but still apt.