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Larks! Gets Out the Vote

July 2, 2015

[I’m beginning the narrative thread of life in an anarchist city with a topic that I know a bit about. There are some topics that I don’t yet know much about, such as gender identifications; I’ll research those and report as soon as I can. Also, from time to time I’ll augment my reports on various topics, as I come to know more about them.]

There’s almost nobody in Larks! who doesn’t vote. The people of Larks! consider democratic self-governance to be necessary to wellbeing; and since they would not withhold wellbeing from anyone, it stands to reason that they do everything that is necessary to maximize the vote. But in addition to voting’s being considered a key to the health and general success of the city, it’s too damned interesting to miss, what with the issues and the candidates.  Election day is a blast.

The U. S. Constitution does not guarantee the right to vote. But a city ordinance guarantees that every citizen over 18 has that right; a citizen cannot be denied the opportunity to vote for any reason except behavior that is violent (and then, enfranchisement is restored upon completion restorative service). Early on, some argued that there are citizens who do not have the mental ability to know their best interests or the best interests of the community; but the prevailing opinion was that the right to vote is too basic of an individual and public good to be denied. The city soon found that only a handful of citizens were mentally disabled to that degree, and that only a handful of that handful of persons actually cast ballots, so in practice it was deemed unnecessary to move to deprive people of their right.

Voting is conducted by mail. Mail boxes are plentiful, and any ballot that is placed in a mailbox before midnight on election day is counted. A new voter can register to vote at a local post office, up to midnight of election day, and mail the ballot right there and then.

Election Day is a city-wide holiday. It’s not that nobody goes to work, but adjustments are made to insure that anyone who hasn’t yet voted can get it done. Throughout the day, even when most voters have already mailed it in, individuals and groups offer treats, put on parades and performances, and in general celebrate the community.  In the evening there are dances and other entertainments. People congratulate each other on contributing to each other’s health.

(Introducing the anarchic city of Larks!)

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