Why Jimmy Wales Of Wikipedia Is Not Voting
Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, is an active Quora user. Quora is the Q&A website founded by former Facebook employees Adam D’Angelo and Charlie Cheever. A Quora user asked “Whom will Jimmy Wales be voting for in two weeks?” Mr. Wales said:
In Florida, in order to register to vote, you have to give your real home address. Not a post office box, not a proxy address of any kind. To do otherwise is a felony. There was some kind of scandal with Ann Coulter about this a few years back. And this address becomes a public record, accessible by anyone.
I have serious scary stalkers, including one who obsesses about my personal life, my children, and my home address. He’s posted a photo of himself with a gun along with a fantasy about a shootout with me.
Unlike people of a similar public profile, I don’t have billions of dollars and a security staff. I just live in my ordinary Florida home.
Therefore, I am unwilling to register to vote.
This is a shame, because I’ve always taken great pride in voting.
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