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Thu, Oct. 13th, 2016, 09:44 am
liveonearth: Ranked Voting

This is that change that would really make a difference in the entire political structure of the US.  If there are four candidates for president, you number them in order of preference, voting only for the ones that you actually can support. You don't vote for anyone you can't support.

In our current situation this would play out in interesting ways, considering how unpopular both Trump and Clinton are.  If everyone knew that they could vote for their first choice, and if that person did not get a majority their second choice would get their vote, they would feel safer in voting for "third" party candidates.  As it is we will almost all vote for "the lesser evil" because we despise/fear the other one so much that we'll stomach our choice.  This maintains the two party system in which both parties are corrupted by the involvement of big business.

I wouldn't mind either if we were to trend toward the British style system with a parliament.  We don't have to ditch our constitution in favor of parliamentary acts, we don't even have to call it a parliament, because it is analogous to our congress.  The beneficial change would come from allowing coalitions among major and minor parties to form in order to win, which then brings fresh faces and ideas into congress.  It seems obvious to me that we need to broaden the sphere of public life to include more than just two sets of talking points that don't even speak the same language.

I know that no such radical changes are on the horizon.  Our nation and our congress are so drastically polarized that compromise or consensus seems out of the question.  But eventually this page will turn.  I look forward to a shift in our culture, and to the possibility that we could improve our system to reduce corruption and increase our ability to adapt to fast-changing times.

Fri, Nov. 13th, 2009, 10:10 am
christtrekker: Nov 13 WND letters

Take a look at the good letter before it rolls off.

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Tue, Sep. 9th, 2008, 01:02 pm
christtrekker: this could be interesting…

“Fight for the Right” Debate Added to 2008 Conservative Leadership Conference on the question, "Should conservatives and libertarians vote for the presidential candidate most ideologically similar to themselves…or for the candidate polling says is most likely to defeat Barack Obama?" x-posted

Mon, Aug. 18th, 2008, 11:40 am
christtrekker: online Condorcet polls?

Does anyone know of a site that you can host (free) polls using alternative voting methods like Condorcet? The only ones I ever see are simple plurality polls.

Thu, Jan. 17th, 2008, 11:29 pm
virgingloves: Could Bloomberg Capture the Mainstream Majority?

Could Bloomberg Capture The Mainstream Majority?

The billionaire Mayor of New York is still a threat to any Presidential candidate especially in 2008.

Be sure to leave a comment. Alex H

Fri, Oct. 12th, 2007, 01:50 pm
christtrekker: *sigh*

So I write a letter to the editor in response to a columnist that was promoting the unite-behind-my-candidate-so-the-Evil-Other-Side-doesn't-win view. My intro was along the lines of the immorality of persuading others to be dishonest with their votes—it's one thing to promote a candidate on his merits, another to sow fear and dread as a mean to an end.

Of course, this was a segue into mentioning voting reform, and how the columnist really ought to educate herself regarding other options, outside-the-box thinking. Rather than being locked in to "trying to win the only way I know", instead try to recognize the inherent deficiencies and work toward a better (moral) way.

All in all, I thought it was a very nicely crafted little letter, especially since "morals" is a major point with this columnist. Too bad the editor completely butchered it by basically truncating the entire end, so that the result sounded like someone just unhappy with the columnist's choice of candidate.

Wed, Aug. 8th, 2007, 11:33 am
fairvoteorg: A film contest people might be interested in

Please don't delete this – it isn't spam. I'm just posting here because I thought it's something that would be of interest to the members of the group, since you're all interested in electoral reform.

FairVote, the nation's leading organization working to transform elections in the United States, recently launched its Upgrade Democracy video contest to engage people with its issues and highlight just how popular they are with the general public. The contest asks participants to submit a short video to YouTube answering the question 'If you could change anything you wanted about elections, what would our democracy look like?'. First prize is $2000 and a trip to DC, and our panel of celebrity judges includes The Daily Show's Dan Bakkedahl, politico Donna Brazile and filmmaker Richard Linklater (of such classics as Dazed and Confused and Before Sunrise).

If you want more information or want to register your interest, you can visit
fairvoteorg's LJ profile, www.upgradedemocracy.com, or email upgradedemocracy@fairvote.org.

Thanks so much for reading and we hope to see some entries from you guys soon!

Fri, Jan. 5th, 2007, 03:31 am
jeanniedean: VIDEO THE VOTE TO HEADLINE forum on voting machines in D.C.--Sarasota footage featured!

I'm so happy to find you!~My name is Jeannie Dean, and I have been covering the 18,412 undervote in Sarasota County's District 13, Florida, since Election Day as citizen volunteer for VIDEO THE VOTE. My partner, Leonard Schmiege and I have taken pains to get the whole Florida Fraud, part 2, on film. I was looking for an LJ community that might give a shit.

VIDEO THE VOTE just finished cutting their first promo from all of the video submitted by their numerous citizen volunteers all over the country. It is stunningly well-framed and respectfully edited; perhaps the only piece I've seen yet that has given thousands of disenfranchised voters a voice; long overdue. What a great project to be a part of...

I am particularly honored and proud that they have focused so much of this promo on the 18, 412 missing votes here in Sarasota County, Florida. The last half of the short film is mostly the footage Leonard and I submitted. John Ennis/ VTV were so graceful and respectful with it.

I'm also THRILLED that John managed to slip in the BEST of my partner Leonard's footage of Kathy Dent's (our dubious Supervisor of Elections) press conference meltdown. I hadn't seen it from his angle (I was in the back of the room standing on a chair holding my camera up high and dragging my extention cord and power-strips; swinging them mid-air, mid-thigh. (And plugs as pendulums can give a girl some bruises!)

That great Kathy Dent Press conference scene from Leonard's perfect angle, with his perfect audio and his perfect tripod-ded, hummin', HiDEF camera he's still got out on loan from BEST BUY...? OH, I could watch that one again and again! What a knee-slapping horror story this whole thing is!...

My favorite interview that I got was with Phil the Cab Driver on the first day, trying to help me find the S.O.E. warehouse location as he detailed the problems he had voting on ES&S's iVotronic touchscreen machines. John Ennis lovingly included him.

The whole piece is exactly what was needed. I didn't know about even half the things it highlights, and I filmed half the things it highlights!

All comments/ questions much appreciated.
Thank you. I am friending this community, if you don't mind--
Jeannie Dean in District 13

(for broad overview of the missing 18,000 votes in Sarasota County since Nov. 7th, 2006 visit
or from Ohio and the rest of the country @

(URL SOURCE YOUTUBE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od28M5RnOMI)

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