as has been previously mentioned and documented, richard and his crew in the windy city did it for years, as has those kind politicans in the south, southeast, oh and how can i forget the big apple...all w/no repercussions as it was the modality of modern politics.
so we need yet another obscure internet blog to reiterate what folks have been talking about for over 400 years.
quote: ... we might recall that Americans have been experimenting with representative government for 400 years and are still tinkering with the mechanics. As Hofstra University law professor Grant M. Hayden put it in the Oxford Companion to American Law: "The history of voting in the United States has not been characterized by a smooth and inexorable progress toward universal political participation. It has instead been much messier, littered with periods of both expansion and retraction of the franchise with respect to many groups of potential voters."
At its birth, the United States was not a democratic nation—far from it.
John Adams,signer of the Declaration of Independence and later president, wrote in 1776 that no good could come from enfranchising more Americans:
Depend upon it, Sir, it is dangerous to open so fruitful a source of controversy and altercation as would be opened by attempting to alter the qualifications of voters; there will be no end to it. New claims will arise; women will demand the vote; lads from 12 to 21 will think their rights not enough attended to; and every man who has not a farthing, will demand an equal voice with any other, in all acts of state. It tends to confound and destroy all distinctions, and prostrate all ranks to one common level.
apparently, plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose is still apropos