posted on Jan, 10 2005 @ 07:27 PM
Thanks for your input, Prince_Machiavelli...
Not being too knowlegeable about American laws regarding elections, I'll have to bone up on the loophole you mentioned regarding the state
representatives and the electoral college.
I can only go on ad nausium about Canadian politics, but I'll spare you most of the sad details there.
However, we have a system of 'seats', whereby a province with a small population is able to garner, like in New Brunswick, just a paltry 7 seats in
Ottawa. The more populated provinces, Ontario and Quebec, hold the majority of seats and sadly, most federal policies are drawn up primarily in the
interests of those who hold the most seats. This causes rifts to form in the outlying provinces and all kinds of talk about 'leaving' thatt we are
becoming famous for.
This is also how a 'seperatist' provincial government like the Bloc Quebecous can hold the position of 'Official Opposition' and hog all the time
in the house (pushing their agendas) while some of the lesser populated provinces look on with disgust, but yet, have no voice.
I don't know if that relates somehow with the example you're bringing up....
On the point of 'not voting as protest', I wonder what would happen if an American voter turned up and instead of casting a ballot, tore it up in
In Canada, a process begins whereby the 'official' recording your name off the list would have to get out a form and write up a formal protest,
which is then sent to the officials presiding over the election as a whole. If enough of these protests are recorded, the election would be nullified,
all candidates would then be have to be replaced by 'party elections'.
You say 120,000,000 voters cast a ballot...that's about the same as Canada for turnout...considering the portion of people who are old enough.
If only half the people voted, then it could be assumed the other half either can't be bothered or are 'protest voters' as you say.
But in the long run of things, I'd propose that anyone who does not bother to vote has lost their right to bemoan whatever the elected government
might do wrong and, as well, any right to feel they are part of whatever good they may do in the following term.
I my opinion, Dixon has the correct feelings on it. If most Americans had recently fought to the right of a vote, much as some minorities based on
imprisonment, race or sex had to, I think a majority would exercise that right every election.
I still think the greatest threat to democracy is apathy...and I do prefer the democratic process to despotism.