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December 14, 2008

Ideas for reforming election process

Now that the election is over and we have a new president, I would like to propose some changes to the voting procedures.

First, just before any presidential election there are many letters decrying the Electoral College. If the citizens really want to do away with this entity, whereby a candidate with the most votes can still lose to a candidate with fewer, then now is the time to start reviewing the Electoral College and get rid of it.

Second, on all ballots the incumbent should be indicated in such a way so that the voters know for sure just whom they are voting for.

Third, because there are many times when we don’t like any of the candidates, I propose to enter a space for “none of the above.”

If you agree, contact your representative (even if he’s your “none of the above”) and try to get him to represent you and not his own interests or those of his wealthiest contributors.

Ken Montgomery
Kansas City

Comments

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

That's funny TinaG, if you ask people what they know about Obama's voting record, track record, executive experience you get blank stares and generalizations like "He gonna change things". We will see what he changes, with his lack of experience and arrogance of knowing all things, at best he will be allowed excuses no matter how poorly he performs. Plus, the Congress has more power than he does, so he best kiss up to the dipstick billionire princess and her private jet we pay for.

NoMoreMrNiceGuy

We need to mandate they allow at least one Independent on the ticket and manadte they receive equal air time and debate time.
Every candidate should have equal coverage and advertising. Anyone can buy an election if they have enough money and grease enough within the media.

TinaMcG

"Yes Tina, cause if we made more of an effort to inform the low-info voters, Democrats would lose more elections!"

What a moronic waste of bandwidth.

Michael

Yes Tina, cause if we made more of an effort to inform the low-info voters, Democrats would lose more elections!

mike d

I don't like the color that my wife chose to paint our bathroom, so I am going to burn my house down.

TinaMcG

"Second, on all ballots the incumbent should be indicated in such a way so that the voters know for sure just whom they are voting for."

AARRGGHH!!!!! Voters have a civic responsibility to know something about the candidates, not the LEAST of which is -- who the incumbent happens to be. For God's sake, let's not give lo-info voters any help, okay?

"Third, because there are many times when we don’t like any of the candidates, I propose to enter a space for “none of the above.”

You can already do that. I think the term is "undervote". Just don't vote for that particular candidate.

Geeze.

solomon

so what do you think, this guy vote for winner or the vanquished?

Stifled Freedom

The letter is whacky, but I think the electoral college is nothing but a political party apparatus that gets between the people and thier votes. And its unlikely you will get rid of it because the parties want it and politicians represent their parties over the people's will.

T. Hanson

Agree JJ.

First if you took political science 101, you would find the purpose for the Electoral College, for those that have not I am sure you could easily find references for it.

"Second, on all ballots the incumbent should be indicated in such a way so that the voters know for sure just whom they are voting for."

Here is a wacky idea, pull up the sample ballot that is usually on the website of the county voting website (the one that ends int .gov) or go to the library. Then you can sit down and figure out what each amendment means, or at the very least see the candidates that are listed. If you say you don't have time...well this election took what, 2 years?

Then if you don't like any of the selections, there is not a rule that says you have to select. Just leave it blank. There are pollsters out there that look at how many people voted but did not select yes or no, or a candidates name.

JUNGLE JACK

I can't believe someone took the time to write such an asinine letter.

 
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