posted on Aug, 9 2004 @ 03:26 PM
I very strongly believe that the problem is less with third parties being powerless and more with society's perception that they are.
If people just went out and voted for who they wanted regardless of whether they thought it would effect anything, we probably would have one or two
of the "third parties" that stood out if not as much than close to as much as the dem's and rep's do now.
If all the people aren't voting, no voting system is truly working.
Having multiple elections would cost WAY too much money, if we did that I could easily see taxes needing to raise just to pay for it (add cost of
paper to beurocracy and it skyrockets...)
I could see runoff voting (ranking candidates in an order) as a good option.
There are two ways to do it, Some people say we should rank a 1-3 and each would get a number of points depending on their order.
I had also heard that you should vote for 3, and if #1 didn't get it, the people who voted for #1 will have their second vote counted, etc.
This second way to me seems extremely unfair seeing as how that way some people would get a second chance to vote while other people's wouldn't...
if you spend a while thinking about it I'm sure you could figure out situations where it would be debatable whose first vote should be counted and
whose second vote- and how different the outcomes could be.
I do like the system we have now, people just need to stand up for what they want rather than sit back and complain that it isn't being handed to
If you add a vote to a third party this election- how many more people will see their numbers up from the past and vote for them next election with
[edit on 9-8-2004 by blanketgirl]