Political Privacy

It seems as I write this hours before the polls open in Virginia that politcal privacy is a principle long viewed as important. The entire electoral process in my experience this year has become so devisive and contentious that I question will it change and how?
Political privacy has been a concern since voting systems emerged in ancient times. The secret ballot is the simplest and most widespread measure to ensure that political views are not known to anyone other than the voter themself–it is nearly universal in modern democracy, and considered a basic right of citizenship. In fact even where other rights of privacy do not exist, this type of privacy very often does.

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