It has been brought to my attention that members of Congress (Senators and Reps equally) have the options of not just "yes" or "no" votes during
legislative sessions; but also simply "present" (As in: both ideas are Fails.)
(sorry if that link is weird...but it will go to the PowerPoint presentation that says so)
Why is it that we the voters do not have that same option as individuals (taxed with supposed representation)?
Why are our options believed to be simply: "vote for someone, or don't vote at all!"?
I just received a call from a Republican party campaign guy. Several weeks ago I changed my voter registration online (thanks to Taupen Disciple for
that tip) from Unaffiliated to Republican, for the sole reason that if I had an opp to vote for Ron Paul I would get to attend the primaries.
It seems my state has recently decided to have a caucus. I was unaware of that, despite the fact that I receive the newsletters from one "Senator" and
from one "Representative", both of whom are Repulicans.
The guy on the phone asked me who, from a list of candidates, I would vote for.
I said Ron Paul. And this guy was SO DELIGHTED that we chatted for awhile: he said I made his day, that he'd been hoping to find at least one
Ron Paul supporter.
Turned out he knows my neighborhood; his girlfriend is canvassing the adjacent district (a quarter-mile west of me geographically). He was so
enthusiastic, being also a Paul supporter. This is a Harley-Owner (as is my husband, with whom I was having a discussion about politics when this call
rang in!); the area in which I live is probably majorly Dem, but there are
those of us who are paying attention.
He said he could bring by yard signs, and asked me "how many"? I said "five." He's bringing bumper stickers, too.
Supposing Ron doesn't make it to the ballot.
Do we not vote at all? (That was my supposition)
Or, should we ask the "system" to add in the privilege of saying "I was here, but these options are both fails. I choose neither" If 30% vote Repub
and 30% vote Dem, then 40% say "None of the above", would it make any difference?
EDIT TO POINT OUT: This is how the "third party candidate" or "write-in" wins!
edit on 3-3-2012 by wildtimes because: change
edit on Sat Mar 3 2012 by DontTreadOnMe because: attempt to fix link