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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Mexico's Election Problem. . . Ours too

You all have been keeping an eye on Mexico's election I'm sure, seeing as how it's looking more and more like one of our own. While a winner has been announced in Calderon, Lopez Obrador continues to fight the close election outcome and has alleged rigged voting machines. Depending on how much attention you've been paying to the election you may or may not know that there was a third candidate who happened to garner over 20% of the votes, so neither of the aforementioned candidates were close to a majority anyway, but the election could have been clearer if they had adopted a policy of voting that a small minority of us our campaigning for here in America -- Instant Runoff Voting.
You see, given three fairly popular choices in Mexico, if one had the opportunity to vote for numerous candidates based on a ranked choice we might have a better idea of the majority pick. By eliminating the least popular candidates through second round voting (instant runoff) until we get a majority opinion we know who the people would have elected given only the two most popular. Pretty simple idea that would really clarify elections and lead to a more democratic process isn't it?
Yet while our congress is busy asking for constitutional amendments to ban gay marriage and flag burning, (why not just make it one amendment, save some time) they stay away from issues that actually matter to democracy. We could for once have a president that gets 51% of the vote. Is that too much to ask for the man or woman who will lead us into illegal war, spy on us, and take away our social security? If IRV, shorthand okay, was in place say back in 2000 do you think America would look any different?
So why haven't I heard Skippy or any of the Kossacks talking about this issue? Democrats haven't given any reason why they would oppose IRV, yet they haven't been able to stand up and make this People's Issue a party issue. Skippy, if you're out there will you help us make this land a more democratic place.
A couple of good places to check out:
http://www.instantrunoff.org/
http://www.fairvote.org/irv/

1 Comments:

  • At 12:17 PM, Blogger Snave said…

    But a combination amendment... how would that work? Would the GOP put forth an amendment allowing the burning of gays? Probably not, but maybe so in the next 20 or 30 years if things don't get straightened out.

    As for instant run-off voting, I would be all for it. Anything to clean up our process and defeat rigged voting machines, GOP types keeping certain people/groups from voting, etc.

     

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