originally posted by: Vector99
a reply to: enlightenedservant
A ballot comes up every year for insignificant positions, every 2 years for more significant positions.
That's simply not true. There are numerous special elections that also happen in between a bunch of other elections. I've had to vote twice this year
alone and my State hasn't even had early voting for the presidential race yet. (And technically, I think I missed a special election earlier in the
ETA: And wait, you think the midterm elections are for insignificant positions?! LOL The entire House of Representatives is up for election every 2
years! And 1/3 of the Senate is up for election every 2 years, too. State congressional elections are the same (as in, all State Representatives have
elections every 2 years and generally 1/3 of all State Senators are up for election every 2 years). Other ballot initiatives like votes on medical
maryjane, changes to State constitutions, and much more can also be added to any of the elections.
What never changes though? The names on said ballot.
Wrong! The reason those names "never change" is because people like you don't vote in the special elections or primaries! Those are the elections that
decide who's going to be the nominees. If you reject establishment candidates the way you claim you do, you need to be focusing on every special
election and primary that you can. Otherwise, it'll be voters like me who choose the candidates that get on the ballot, and voters like you who only
see the chosen candidates.
As a tip, this is the step where people should be supporting 3rd party candidates and new candidates the most. If they can get enough votes here,
they'll oust the establishment candidates, which will either force them off the ticket or force them to run as 3rd party candidates.
When even at the lowest level of an election you are faced with the same choice over and over, why bother?
I don't know what districts you're in so I can't comment on your situation. But in my district, it's the opposite. Many local & state positions aren't
even contested/challenged, which means the incumbent wins by default. And many of the positions that do get challenged are won or lost by a margin of
a few hundred votes.
In fact, that's one of the things that's pissed me off the most about the Green Party. They have virtually no presence in my State, particularly at
the local level. We're suffering from an absence of people willing to become candidates, which leaves us with insiders running for new positions. I'm
actually working with some people to try to change that in my State, though I won't hold my breath on that one.
Oh! We get a Jesse ventura type who won on a whimsy and does literally nothing in a tenure but collect a check, then your typical voter relents back
to their safe space voting (D) or (R)
He and others like him have done more than you & the others who complain but refuse to try to fix the problem. So I'll side w/them on this one. It's
easy to complain about a problem, but it's much harder to try to fix that problem.
Yea, count me out.
Fine by me. That's one less potential vote for the candidates I oppose. So that works out for both of us. Though I encourage anyone else reading this
to vote, especially since I'm convinced that people on the internet who claim they won't vote are lying. Usually people say we shouldn't vote in order
to convince others not to vote, even though they firmly intend to do it themselves.
edit on 3-9-2016 by enlightenedservant because: (no reason