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A short and mostly non-partisan political reminder: - Habemus plus vis computatoris quam Deus
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A short and mostly non-partisan political reminder:

We are a week from election day.

Remember, when you prepare to go to the polls, that each election cycle in which you convince yourself — or let others convince you — that you have to hold your nose and vote for the lesser of two evils because third parties and independent candidates have no chance of being elected, is one more election cycle in which third parties and independent candidates have no chance of being elected.  Because you, and everyone else who held their nose and voted for the lesser evil, wouldn't vote for them, even though you wished you could.

You want it to EVER change?

START NOW.

If not you, then who?

If not now, then when?

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jhetley From: jhetley Date: October 30th, 2012 12:49 am (UTC) (Link)
We have an independent candidate likely to win the senate seat Olympia Snowe abandoned.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: October 30th, 2012 01:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Glad to hear it.
mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: October 30th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad to hear it, too.
mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: October 30th, 2012 01:34 am (UTC) (Link)
We don't have any 3rd party candidates on the ballot here. Not that I have heard anything about, at least. We see a small group near the main intersection downtown every once in a while, but since Dr. Paul lost the Republican nomination, they haven't been very active.
guppiecat From: guppiecat Date: October 30th, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I would be far more likely to vote third party if we had a No Confidence system so we could get rid of the people that the state transition would let in.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: October 30th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I totally agree that we need a way to vote people out as well as in. A recall power for all elective offices would work.

Along with that, I believe we should have a binding "None of the above" option on every ballot; any candidate for any office who receives less votes than "None of the above" is disqualified from running for that office again for a minimum of, say, two terms. If no candidate for a particular office receives more votes than "None of the above", then a new election for that office must be held within 60 days, with a completely new slate of candidates.
mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: October 31st, 2012 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I could go along with that.
mrakg From: mrakg Date: October 31st, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've favored a dynamic "None of the Above". Each vote for "None of the Above" DEDUCTS one vote from each candidate.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: October 31st, 2012 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
That would definitely be an interesting approach, but I don't see how it would yield different results from a simple "You must receive more votes than NONE OF THE ABOVE".
mrakg From: mrakg Date: October 31st, 2012 02:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
I dunno....an election wherein ALL results are indeed negative numbers would be a very true representation of how well-received certain candidates are. :)
unixronin From: unixronin Date: October 31st, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Heh. You have a point. :)
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