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    G2geek, Flit

    So Scalia is attacking Democracy that US founders knew depended on a secret ballot so that the powerful do not attack those who try to vote them out of power or vote against their interests.

    A secret ballot is not guaranteed by the constitution.

    Most voting n the early years of the nation did not use secret ballots.

    The first US president elected through a secret ballot was Grover Cleveland in 1892.

    •  US was not a democracy in "early years". (0+ / 0-)

      Most people could not vote at all.

      Only men of property who, in theory, could not be bribe or coerced since they were the only people capable of bribery or coercion, could vote.

      No functional democracy with universal suffrage works without secret ballot.

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