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RE: The most important issue for me in elections is:

by Blue (Hermit)
on Nov 08, 2000 at 00:14 UTC ( #40413=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The most important issue for me in elections is:

I believe it was Robert Heinlein who said "What type of country do you have if the only people you can vote for are politicians."

Important topics to me include education, preservation of freedom, honesty, and no censorship. With these, it's hard to find a candidate who matches all. And there is always the nagging feeling if you don't vote for one of the "big two" candidates that perhaps you are throwing your vote away because of the electoral college system, a crime of the same magnitude as not voting.

It's a tough world, and I always feel that I am casting my vote to the lesser evil, as opposed to the greater good.

That saddens me.

=Blue might be eaten by a grue...

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RE: RE: The most important issue for me in elections is:
by amelinda (Friar) on Nov 08, 2000 at 01:24 UTC
    You can only throw your vote away on the presidential vote. Where does the electoral college come in? When you vote for federal senators and representatives. Vote for (as best one can) the better guy among them. The popular presidential vote is used only for stuff like: major party status, and federal election funding. So, vote for people you like for president even if they can't get elected, it's good for them.

    Somewhere I found a site that polled you on your views on a bunch of topics and figured out which presidential candidate was closest to you (and showed you a comparison to all the candidates, including some withdrawn ones). I'll see if I can find it.

    Vote local.

    Sorry to rant, blue. This whole campaign year's driving me mad with the stupidity of others (not you) ...
      Not a rant at all, good points. I think because of how 'big' it is in the media, it's easy to get blinded by the glamour of the presidental election and not give the proper attention to local issues.

      As for the website you mentioned, I saw one at SpeakOut!, and I think I've heard of others. However, the candidate which matched closest to my opinions had withdrawn. 8( (Bill Bradley for anyone interested.)

      Thanks for the reminder that acting locally is where we can make a big difference.

      =Blue might be eaten by a grue...

      UPDATE: Fixed the link

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