OT - Gas to hit 4.00 - Vote for Ron Paul - dropping out?
shane at hathawaymix.org
Thu Jun 19 14:16:39 MDT 2008
Nicholas Leippe wrote:
> The last thing I want to do is give other people the idea that someone I don't
> like has more support than is real. Voting for someone I don't like, simply
> because he's one of two people that will actually win, is lying. Yes, I'm
> free to do it, but why would I want my fellow countrymen to think this guy
> has an additional vote when I'd rather an entirely different person in
I have personally never been able to tell the truth through a ballot. I
never support any particular candidate to the exclusion of all other
candidates; I favor several candidates while being opposed to several
others. Thus the best I can do with a single-choice ballot is express a
gross approximation of my truthful opinion. A partial truth is a lie.
The single-choice ballot forces me to lie!
That's not hyperbole. I am often disinclined to vote because I know
intuitively that the single-choice ballot prevents me from expressing my
true opinion. The write-in option doesn't change that.
> Your vote does count, even when not going to one of the only two possible
> winners in the current election. It goes to the score card that everyone
> sees--and that goes to either solidify or change opinions down the road--the
> seeds of change.
Voting for a non-viable candidate is a vote for voting reform. It would
be wonderful to have an election where the majority of voters choose a
write-in candidate. Even if none of the write-in candidates win, the
voters would be sending the message that our current ballots are not
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