You can only vote once in each election, because they look at your ID card and make sure it’s you, then they enter your number in the computer and it’s done.
It’s not as if Israel doesn’t have problems with identity theft, of course it does – but because everybody has everybody else’s real, basic ID data, verification is usually simple.
In a digitized society where secrets are impossible to harbor, the only way of keeping everyone honest is not by trying to come up with a better encryption, but by making ID verification open and handy. It’s not a left vs. right issue, it’s just a way to maintain some sanity in an ever more insane world.
If you show me a government ID card, I know for certain that you are you. And after I show you my ID card, you know that I am I. And if you’re familiar with the quote from the Kotzker Rebbe, then you’ll at least crack a smile…
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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