Teen arrested after offering to sell his vote on eBay

By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Many people are looking forward to this November’s presidential elections.   Some are looking forward to voting in a new president and ushering in a new era, but others are looking forward to it for other reasons – financial opportunities.   A teen has been arrested and charged after allegedly offering to sell his vote on eBay.

Now that he’s been caught, what’s his defense?   “It was a joke”.

If so, Minnesota prosecutors are apparently not seeing the funny side.   They are charging Max P. Sanders with a rarely used 1893 state law that makes it illegal to buy or sell a vote.   If he is convicted (and I fail to see how he can get off this charge), the maximum penalty is 5 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

The prosecutor’s office said : “There are people that have died for this country for our right to vote, and to take something that lightly, to say, ‘I can be bought.'”

So I guess the moral of this tale is, think twice before listing that “funny” auction on eBay.   You might end up with a cop and a prosecutor at your front door quoting a 115 year old law at you.

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20 Responses to Teen arrested after offering to sell his vote on eBay

  1. So does this mean that attending a formal dinner hosted by candidate X and subsequently voting for said candidate invalidates ones vote, on the basis that one has sold it for a dinner?

    • Yeah, many comparisons have already been made with politicians and fund raising dinners. If I was Mr Sanders' lawyer, that's the line I would be taking in court.

      I would also say it's time that 115 year old law was updated!

  2. So does this mean that attending a formal dinner hosted by candidate X and subsequently voting for said candidate invalidates ones vote, on the basis that one has sold it for a dinner?

    • Yeah, many comparisons have already been made with politicians and fund raising dinners. If I was Mr Sanders’ lawyer, that’s the line I would be taking in court.

      I would also say it’s time that 115 year old law was updated!

  3. The law is a holdover from the days of early capitalism (back when it was bad), where votes weren't anonymous, and you could be fired if you didn't vote for the candidate to whom your boss had sold promised your vote. Perfectly sensible law.

    • yes, it was a perfectly sensible law back then. But times are not like that anymore and the law should be updated to reflect the changing times.

      As Pidgin says, what's the difference between what Sanders did and a politican holding a fund raising dinner to get your vote?

      • At the fund-raising dinner, you way-overpay for your food and then hear a speech. The candidate doesn't pay you. The amount of food the candidate gives you certainly does *not* cover the amount you pay them for "honour" of hearing their speech.

  4. The law is a holdover from the days of early capitalism (back when it was bad), where votes weren’t anonymous, and you could be fired if you didn’t vote for the candidate to whom your boss had sold promised your vote. Perfectly sensible law.

    • yes, it was a perfectly sensible law back then. But times are not like that anymore and the law should be updated to reflect the changing times.

      As Pidgin says, what’s the difference between what Sanders did and a politican holding a fund raising dinner to get your vote?

      • At the fund-raising dinner, you way-overpay for your food and then hear a speech. The candidate doesn’t pay you. The amount of food the candidate gives you certainly does *not* cover the amount you pay them for “honour” of hearing their speech.

  5. OMG – this is OTT. At least he was honest and upfront about what he was doing – which is more than can be said for some.

  6. OMG – this is OTT. At least he was honest and upfront about what he was doing – which is more than can be said for some.

  7. he knew what he was doing. he knew he was breaking the law. he's going to jail, just because you say it's a joke it doesn't mean it is, i don't see any free speech in putting your cote for sale, when obviously a lot of people are going to be upset, excluding law enforcement.

  8. he knew what he was doing. he knew he was breaking the law. he’s going to jail, just because you say it’s a joke it doesn’t mean it is, i don’t see any free speech in putting your cote for sale, when obviously a lot of people are going to be upset, excluding law enforcement.

  9. This is bullshit and here is why:

    “There are people that have died for this country for our right to vote, and to take something that lightly, to say, ‘I can be bought.’”

    That, in and of itself is a joke.

    Maybe that was true THEN…but now, we fight to get whatever the f* we want from other countries. America is a joke and this kid was trying to send a message.

    George Bush can be bought. So why not someones vote?

    I very much doubt this kid would have gone through with it.

    This is stupid. Worry about real problems, like the oil and food crisis.

    F* hypocritical society we live in. Yeah go give the 18 year old kid shit while meanwhile we're dropping bombs on civilians. Awesome. THATS a joke.

  10. This is bullshit and here is why:

    “There are people that have died for this country for our right to vote, and to take something that lightly, to say, ‘I can be bought.’”

    That, in and of itself is a joke.
    Maybe that was true THEN…but now, we fight to get whatever the f* we want from other countries. America is a joke and this kid was trying to send a message.

    George Bush can be bought. So why not someones vote?
    I very much doubt this kid would have gone through with it.
    This is stupid. Worry about real problems, like the oil and food crisis.

    F* hypocritical society we live in. Yeah go give the 18 year old kid shit while meanwhile we’re dropping bombs on civilians. Awesome. THATS a joke.

  11. People sell their votes all the time. A politician says "vote for me and I'll take money from the evil rich Peter and give [some of it] to you, Paul." If Paul decides to vote for the politician in return for being paid for his vote from Paul, then that's selling his vote.

  12. People sell their votes all the time. A politician says “vote for me and I’ll take money from the evil rich Peter and give [some of it] to you, Paul.” If Paul decides to vote for the politician in return for being paid for his vote from Paul, then that’s selling his vote.