in reply to Preferred way of deciding the President for once and all

Well, no matter who wins, you "lucky" 'mericans will be stuck with a politician. Heads you lose, tails you lose. Strange that in a country where even the council dog catcher seems to be up for election, you cannot devise and run a simple ballot - list the candidates on a piece of paper, have a box next to each name, you tick (or mark the box) or the person you want as president (or the person you dislike the least). Have exactly the same ballot paper in every polling booth, every county, every state.

Simple, no?

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RE: RE: Preferred way of deciding the President for once and all
by maverick (Curate) on Nov 10, 2000 at 06:33 UTC
    See, that would make sense. If it's one thing (perhaps the only thing) that American politicians are good at, it is not making any sense.


RE: RE: Preferred way of deciding the President for once and all
by amelinda (Friar) on Nov 10, 2000 at 22:33 UTC
    Of course, that totally ignores the fact of state and county and city level elections needing to be run as well. I have this vision of every single election in the country on one ballot... it'd be 200 pages long and the first 25 would just be the instructions.

    Simple, sure. Useful, no.

      That would not be a problem. When you go to the polling booth, you are handed several ballot papers. One is to chose the president - one paper for the whole country. The second is to elect the senators for your state - each State (obviously) has its own paper - but the same format everywhere. Third - vote for your local congress person - one paper per seat (district? whatever you call 'em) but the same format nationwide. Finally, you county or city ballot paper.

      That format works here.

      In Texas, each precinct has their own ballots, with only the races applicable to that precinct on them. The different races are separated by lines to make it clear. Just like in school you fill in the oval with a pencil next to the person you want.

      As sinple as this sounds, people still mess this up. Pencils are provided at the stations for example, but there were still many ballots marked in ink. All kinds of stupid stuff.

      It would seem that no matter how simple you try to make things there are still people out there that do not care enough to take a moment to read the directions, ask the election officials at the polling place, or review the ballot when it is printed in the newspapers a week before-hand.

      No system would be perfect. We just have to find one that is less imperfect than the others.

      But I do love the idea of setting one of the candidates adrift and caning the other, LOL!

      Roy Alan