University of Minnesota student Max P. Sanders, 19, has been charged with a long felony for putting his vote in the presidential election up for sale on EBay. While he insists that it was a joke, the prosecutors insist it was a crime.
Sanders states a $10 minimum bid, but the rest of the offer supports a view that he was engaging in a joke when he said “Good luck! You’re (sic) country depends on You!”
He was charged under an 1893 law alleging bribery, treating and soliciting in the selling of a vote. He could face to five years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
Of course, it may have been a mistake in the pitch. Members of Congress routinely vote for the clients of lobbyists who arrange for vacations and political contributions. Then again, Sanders could have offer to sell his vote for $10 of a milk or farm subsidy.
I may be shaded having grown up in Chicago where my dead relatives maintained a perfect voting record long after they passed on.
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