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Monday, August 6, 2007

The Voting Lifestyle

posted by on August 6 at 11:17 AM

In a case that dates back to the 2000 election, the 9th Circuit ruled today that vote swapping is legalómeaning Nader voters in unsafe states (states where Gore was on shaky ground) who hooked up Gore voters in safe states (states where Gore was a sure bet) had a constitutional right to trade votes.

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If we just got rid of the electoral college, this kind of shit would cease to matter.

Posted by Gitai | August 6, 2007 11:48 AM
2

Yes, then it never would be safe to vote for Nader.

Posted by DJSauvage | August 6, 2007 12:09 PM
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@2 Yet another added bonus.

Posted by Gitai | August 6, 2007 1:44 PM
4

Yes to getting rid of the electoral college....and adding instant runoff voting.

Posted by gnossos | August 6, 2007 2:16 PM
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For an idea of the kind of problems you might face in implementing IRV, look up Ann Arbor, MI's attempt at switching to IRV:
http://www.migreens.org/hvgreens/aa-irv01.htm
To sum up: Voters decided by petition to repeal it after only one election. In the one election it was used, the ballot counting was difficult, it took forever to certify the results, and a Democratic candidate finally won on 2nd-choice votes, causing Republicans to perceive it as a power grab.

Posted by Orv | August 6, 2007 2:31 PM
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@5 I don't think one election alone is representative. I think watching Pierce County for the next few years will be more illustrative.

Posted by Gitai | August 6, 2007 3:39 PM

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