Why Jimmy Wales Of Wikipedia Is Not Voting

Posted Oct 23, 2012

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.