1. Know your rights! Vote!

    There are few rights more fundamental to a democracy than the right to vote. As Sarah Silverman charmingly tells us above, that right is under siege from folks who are whittling away at the voting pool with (among other tools) voter ID laws.

    For a couple years I worked elections as a Field Election Deputy, supervising polling places in San Francisco. It was my main gig. I even counted votes in a huge underground warehouse under the Civic Center. I really care about making sure people have the right and opportunity to vote, and that their votes are counted fairly and accurately.

    There are a lot of reforms that could help more people vote and help eliminate people’s (largely unfounded) worries about fraud. A national voter roll, rather than ad-hoc local registration system, for example. Or non-partisan officials in charge of elections. Or voting on weekends and extended voting hours. Or professionalization of polling places. But in the meantime, particularly in the absence of ANY real evidence of multiple-vote fraud (or any real incentive for anyone to commit it), voter ID laws are a great big pile of doo doo.

    Of course, the folks who put these laws in place are usually elected, and often motivated by politics. But you still have the power to inform yourself and get to the polling place. So do it!