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That's how it appears to me.
hi back tsupasat, I answered you but in your "I wanna be censored thread."|
I actually downloaded the .pdf form for federal voter registration to be used by each State (except Wyoming which doesn't allow the form).
The States that do not require party affiliation to vote are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada - the only one I could find that also stated that if one registers what they call a "minor" party the are issued a separate "non-partisan" ballot; South Carolina (odd but in N. Carolina you must be affiliated), Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia (noted as your "home" State), Washington and Wisconsin.
All the rest require that you register before or "at the door." New Jersey even clearly states that ONLY Democratic and Republican primaries are held.
Most also require that you state your race or ethnicity - what's up with that? Poor tsupasat can't even be Thai-American, he can only be Asian-American.
And, in each State, separate counties have their own rules - like the one I mentioned from Nassau County. I didn't feel like trying to download forms from every county in the country.
This is what I mean by "unfair."
As for Nader getting 97,000 votes, well as you say and I list there are States where you do not have to state affiliation. As for why he got them - who knows? There is also a provision I am sure you aware of for "Write ins" if the candidate is registered as a "write in" candidate.
As I said before, it should be striving for the ideal of universal and equal and 'secret' as it is supposed to be. How can that seem to be done when before you even vote - and all States demand that the information be provided anywhere from two weeks to 30 days before an election - or "at the door" if that provision is allowed (which not all allow).
So what is secret? Perhaps I'm jaded but in Canada we vote the person - not the party. If the person gets the most votes then the party wins not the other way around.
You and I and everybody else knows that Gore received over 500,000 MORE votes from the 'people' than Bush did so the majority of the "eople" chose Gore - but, the 'party' had more (and of course let's not forget the Supreme Court's involvement in the ordination).
So, if "everybody gets a say in the matter" and most of "everybody" wanted Gore - what is Bush doing sitting in Gore's chair?
Unfair - to me it certainly seems so.
What would be "universal and equal and secret" to me? On the day, everybody that wants to vote goes and votes for the "person" without telling anybody before, after or during and nobody asks them - before, after or during. The votes are counted and whichever "person" has the most votes - wins.
To say the feds don't have any influence seems to me to be naive as it is the feds (and the two parties in question) that set up the rules about having to have a certain amount of money and be on a certain amount of (whatever they call it I forget right now) to be included in the "debates" and it is the two parties that decide who gets invited to the dance.
That has been my gist for over a month with those that whine about China's progress. They use a failed system that is broken but isn't even being worked on to get fixed - to compare to a system that is trying to get fixed before it is applied.
But hey, I'm not an American and just because I think the American political system is seriously flawed my opinion doesn't matter anyway. You get the government you deserve as the old saying goes.
Too bad you don't have a government with the ba**s that the China government has so they could admit it was flawed and try and fix it. Maybe even better - the people rise up against the system as it exists and demand a change.
Oh, that's right, millions are - just their voices aren't being heard. Too bad; at least in China it is growing in both people being heard and the government listening and working to make changes.
Apologies of course to those that demand the changes happen overnight and create chaos and happen according to foreign dictates and ignore the 70% of the China population that is not yet "partaking" of the progress towards fully developed status - so they can pontificate (no names but his initials are ts ;)
But hey, it's your country - and I assume that as you mention "There sure is a lot of bs to our elections and especially to the campaigning." - that you are fighting to bring about the changes so good luck.