Barbados Election Process Allows Government To Identify Citizens’ Votes
Now before we have the first silly comment that Barbados does not require that a voter’s name be written on the back of the ballot, we will state that it is the voter’s National Identification Number (NID) that is on the back of the ballot.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is for all intents and purposes the same as writing the voter’s name on the ballot. It is even better because although two voters might share the same name, they will never have the same NID.
I remember reading an old copy of LIFE Magazine from the 1946 or so post-war era. (I tried to find it online, but couldn’t. Maybe one of our readers will be more successful.) The article showed occupying governments teaching young German students about democracy. After being raised under a German totalitarian regime, the teenagers couldn’t understand why in post-war West Germany they were not required to write their names on their voting ballots as had been the case when any “voting” had been done in their time – even voting in school for a football captain, etc.
They had trouble grasping the concept of how secret voting supports a free democracy.
I am disturbed that more Barbadians are not concerned about the integrity of our flawed system of voting.
David at Barbados Underground has written an excellent article on this subject. Well worth your time…
Barbados Underground: Barbados Electoral System Comes Under The Microscope