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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Tuesday's Election Open Thread

This is it, folks. Your chance to sound off on the problems facing our election systems. One thing i'm really excited about here in Pierce County is Amendment 3, the amendment to the County Charter that will give us Instant Runoff Voting for partisan elections. Can you imagine being allowed to pick more than one candidate per race, and not having to do that stupid Pick-a-Party Primary?

Check it out at and discuss.

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At 7:29 PM, Anonymous Rich Anderson-Connolly said...

Vote Yes on Pierce County Amendment 3 if you believe any of the following:

1. Third parties and independents should face a level playing field against the two parties.

2. Campaigns should be based on issues and not personal attacks.

3. It's bad for democracy when a majority of races are uncontested.

4. The Pick-a-Party Primary is a bad system.

5. The two parties have had their chances and need to give others a try.

6. There should be a way to vote for your favorite candidate instead of for the lesser of two evils (to vote out of hope and not fear).

7. High participation in elections is better than low.

8. An 11% rate of spoiled ballots is unacceptable.

9. If only Democrats and Republicans have a voice in the primary then they should pay for it.

10. It would be nice to see Pierce County get positive attention as a national leader in progressive electoral reform.

Amendment 3 would implement Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) and improve our democracy.

Please Vote Yes on 3.

Rich Anderson-Connolly

At 6:28 AM, Blogger Tahoma Activist said...

Thanks for posting, Rich. I totally agree - I think that this Amendment is a tremendous opportunity.

Did you see that Krist Novoselic came to Tacoma this week? He's a big fan of IRV himself.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Tilter said...

I moved to Washington State in 2003 and had never heard of choosing a party until arriving here. I feel it's unfair to have to choose from one of two parties when there are many who want ot vote independantly. There have been elections where I feel the candidate I wanted to win was hurt by the independant party and some were aided by the third party. But, this is democracy.

At 6:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a cool new Flash demo on showing how IRV works. Check it out!


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