Privacy is supposedly a signature issue for the online left. Opposition to even FISA court-approved basket warrants is a litmus test issue for their support. Fighting terrorism is simply not worth the risk that somebody at the National Security Administration might accidentally read your e-mail to grandma. But there is an issue the left is willing to let the government keep track of a citizen over: voter registration.
As National Campaign for Fair Elections Jonah Goldman puts it: “The onus should be on the government to register people, not on people to register themselves.” The solution? The federal government should track every single citizen from cradle to grave so that they will always be registered to vote no matter where they live. Privacy concerns? “The IRS knows so much about us already. Our privacy can be adequately protected.” Are you convinced?