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News :: Politics
Time to Get Rid of Primaries!
11 Jan 2008
The traveling circus is back!
I can't imagine what our forefathers would have said about our election primaries and also regarding the huge sums of campaign dollars needed to run for office.

First of all, the primaries are bogus!

Who really cares across the U.S. how Iowa votes in a primary? Or New Hampshire, Michigan, etc.?

Senator Clinton was quoted as saying that "...the presidency will be decided in February."

Well, if that's the case then why hold national elections? Why have the people go to the polls in November to vote-in what already is a "done deal" ?

One reason is that more control goes into the candidates' hands. It violates the integrity of the entire voting process and jeopardizes our representative democracy.

The "guy" with the most campaign dollars generally will win!

No wonder so many Americans are disheartened and lethargic regarding politics. No wonder so few register or vote. They believe however they vote has no bearing on the outcome --- and maybe they are correct.

When our elections roll around we must give the rest of the world a great show! They must be laughing in the aisles at us.

Am I the only one who believes that our American election process is compromised due to the primaries and campaign contributions?

And what about election fraud and voting machine integrity? Recently I read an article in which someone stated that the Democrats are concerned about the possibility of the GOP perpetrating voter fraud and "fussing" with the electronic voting machines.

My reaction is:

If this is a REAL concern, as it has been for at least the past 8 years, then why haven't Democrats worked to resolve that issue? It's true that one of the leaders in the voting machine industry, Diebold, was a Bush/GOP campaign contributor which I would think is a "conflict of interest" but what do I know.

Then there's another pitfall in our voting process. It's called the "electoral votes". This is the process that is the "icing on the cake". Even if the majority of the American voters select one candidate, the electoral vote process could override that popular vote and give the presidency to the other candidate. It's been done before.

All in all, it's time to review the entire voting process in the U.S. to get more control back to the people.

But we probably have "a snowball's chance in hell" to see that come to fruition!

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See also:
http://www.pstern.statesmanblogs.com

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