Polish argument against online voting

March 14th, 2008 at 7:21 pm by David Farrar

No wonder there are so many Polish jokes!

WARSAW – Poles should not be allowed to vote online because the attracts people who watch “pornography while sipping a bottle of beer”, a former prime minister told his party’s website.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski and other leaders of his conservative party have said they wanted to rejuvenate their ranks and reach out to internet users after losing power last October when younger voters flocked to their centre-right rivals.

Poland’s election commission is floating proposals such as allowing people to vote online to boost turnout.

“I am not an enthusiast of a young person sitting in front of a computer, watching video clips and pornography while sipping a bottle of beer and voting when he feels like it,” he was quoted as saying on his party’s revamped website.

He added that internet users are “the easiest group to manipulate, to suggest who to vote for.”

The Polish PM maybe onto something here. One could combine with pay per view – the covering the cost of the election.

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26 Responses to “Polish argument against online voting”

  1. infused (654 comments) says:

    This is possibly the most whacked thing I’ve ever heard.

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  2. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    I’ll just put down my beer then.

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  3. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    One couldn’t possibly watch pornography and drink beer at the same time. One might try it, but end up shaking beer all over one’s belly.

    Or so I have heard.

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  4. Kimble (4,438 comments) says:

    TMI Lee.

    Why anyone would pay for porn on the internet is a mystery.

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  5. TexExile (1 comment) says:

    Kimble has a point. Surely the authorities could do it the other way round — providing free access to porn to those who voted on-line. (Free beer would not hurt either and has often been provided at polling places in many countries in the past, even if the practise is frowned upon today by the likes of the OSCE.) Turnout would soar, at least among young men. Something might have to be done to raise female turnout by an equal amount.

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  6. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    You can watch porn on my computer at the same time drink a beer, have 4 bottles of rough red, eat a 3 course meal and smoke a cigar and she still hasn’t got her gear off.

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  7. bwakile (757 comments) says:

    He added that internet users are “the easiest group to manipulate, to suggest who to vote for.”

    Shit, dont tell Helen

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  8. Peak Oil Conspiracy (3,326 comments) says:

    I think the former Polish PM is on to something here: poll dancing is pole dancing by another name (how appropriate that a Pole should discover this). Poll dancing is a political strip-tease (selling policy for votes) – or, if you prefer, bribing people with their own money.

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  9. Steve (4,561 comments) says:

    Export Gold thanks, 24 pack and Benson and Hedges Golden Mild.
    Mixed with that we will have some Savingon Blanc and Merlot.
    Breasts, Penis, Vagina, Clitoris, Hard on?
    If you don’t have decent internet security you will get heaps.
    But it is your choice to watch or not.
    OMG don’t tell Helen, there will be a sex tax.

    Gtg, my darling want’s me

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  10. Oswald Bastable (32 comments) says:

    Does meaning I am drinking Aussie beer mean anything?

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  11. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    “The Polish PM maybe onto something here. One could combine e-voting with pay per view porn – the porn covering the cost of the election.”

    Brings a new meaning to exercising ones franchise.

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  12. LondonMatt (14 comments) says:

    Always wondered why the voting age was 18.

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  13. burt (8,269 comments) says:

    The flipside of this is youtube absolutely littered with political advertising. Just nod and agree with the old bastard before he realises he missing an opportunity to promote his agenda. Let him wither and fade rather than tell him where he’s lost the plot.

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  14. battler (116 comments) says:

    “Jaroslaw Kaczynski and other leaders of his conservative party have said they wanted to rejuvenate their ranks…”

    If Mr Kaczynski wants to rejuvenate his party’s ranks, the best thing he could do is encourage his members and supporters to put the beer down, switch off the computer and have some real love making with their real wives. They would soon experience an increase in numbers.

    With the liberals/socialists sterilising, contracepting and aborting themselves into oblivion, the Conservatives would have an easy majority within a couple of generations.

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  15. Psycho Milt (2,412 comments) says:

    Battler, your Kaczynski impression is almost perfect. If you’d worked in a comment for God and against the EU it would have been indistinguishable from the real thing.

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  16. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    careful with the ‘polish jokes’..!..dpf..

    lucyna’ll slap on her breastplates..

    ..and ‘come after you..’

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

    btw..dpf..

    when do you think you’ll be doing your second(!) ‘economic meltdown’ story..

    i mean..!..the mainstream media are (finally!) ‘all over it’..

    it’s gonna get really embarrasing/evidence of (serious) denial..

    ..if you just continue to pretend it isn’t even happening..

    (think what a ‘shock’ it’s gonna be..?

    for those who rely on you as their ‘news-oracle’/purveyor of ‘what’s happening’..?)

    doyareckon they’ll feel ‘let down’..?

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  17. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    ..and i mean..as you well know.dpf..

    …i have been trying to tell you/your readers for well over a year..what’s coming down..

    and despite my warnings being sourced/footnoted/referenced..

    my warnings have only been met with derision/insults/abuse..eh..?

    and i guess this brings up a question for you about kiwiblog..

    in that..do you wish it to be seen as a ‘record of note’..?

    or as an ideologically slanted/driven/’perverted’historical oddity/example of ‘propaganda’/’distortion’ of what is actually happening..only..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

    [DPF: I'm not the effing NY Times and have no desire or ability to be a record of note. The blog is a record of things I have found the time and desire to blog on]

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  18. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    ok..dpf..putting the ‘record of note’ thing to one side..

    do you not feel ‘folk’ will find it a tad ‘strange’…

    that you claim to have neither the ‘desire’..nor the ‘time’..

    to write about/even note (!)..an impending/fast approaching economic apocalypse..(of sorts)..?

    yet you claim to be a political/social commentator..?

    and you can’t claim ignorance of these oncoming woes..

    eh..?

    even if you aren’t still taking whoar on rss…you were ‘back then’ when i started reporting others warnings…

    and of course..this also raises the philosophical/moral questions of the responsibilities/duties of individuals such as yourself..

    ..who have a ‘louder’ voice than most..

    as in..what do you ‘owe’ your audience..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

    [DPF: Next whine gets demerits. This has nothing to do with Polish online voting.]

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  19. PhilBest (5,121 comments) says:

    And yet these guys are among the few success stories of the former Communist Bloc nations………..looking like overtaking NZ any time now, having come from nowhere 20 years ago………..

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  20. bwakile (757 comments) says:

    That’s right Phil
    Another couple of terms of Labour and Helensville will be the laughing stock of the world.

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  21. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    Damn I arrived late and all the good one-liners are taken.

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  22. Peak Oil Conspiracy (3,326 comments) says:

    Rex W:

    Damn I arrived late and all the good one-liners are taken.

    How about a witty two-liner (or as many lines as you need) from you then? :)

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  23. PhilBest (5,121 comments) says:

    And another former Commie-subjugated nation doing very nicely, and with a head of state who regularly gets lampooned for his utter political incorrectness: The Czech Republic and President Vaclav Klaus. My favourite current world leader.

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  24. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Rex – You could have said ‘Damn – I came late, and all the good one-liners are taken.’

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  25. iiq374 (262 comments) says:

    Looks like Jaroslaw has been reading Scott Adams – it’s basically his line of fears for making voting too easy;
    We already have too many idiots exercising their right to vote without the obligation of thinking about who and why.

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  26. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..[DPF: Next whine gets demerits. This has nothing to do with Polish online voting.]..

    “whine’..?..whine..?..”

    i thought more a ‘reasoned/rational question’..?

    but then again..it is the kiwiblog/rightwing way to attack the messanger..eh..?

    why break the habit of years.?..eh..?

    and if demerits are to be splashed about for (some ill-defined) ‘whinge-factor’..?

    (heh-heh..!.)…then we are entering the realms of ‘extreme-silliness’..eh..?..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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