Why did the gov't do it...for your safety. You know, there has to be a balance between your safety and liberty. Having the ability to actually choose someone other than a puppet is a little "too" free.
This is absolute bullshit, and can be applied to any tyrannical act. If we allow it at all it will be used without restraint. Whatever tool at their disposal they will use to pry, cheat and steal without regard to liberty. This has been proven time and time again. Now more then ever we should not allow any of it.
This is also why I believe we have seen soo many 8 year terms of late, its just more efficient...one you get a puppet in office, its just easier to push this kind of stuff.