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Re: “Signature Problem: Democrats Move to Knock Green Party Candidate Off City Council Ballot

"Perhaps you can remind me of a race where the numbers worked out differently; none come to my mind immediately."

If you mean in your county, that's not my area of expertise. If you want examples of candidates who are neither D nor R winning 3 way races, there are plenty.

"You're talking about how you wish the system would work; I'm talking about how it does work."

What you're doing, willfully or not, is perpetuating a system of conditioning that is no longer relevant in the 21st century. Almost any European country has more electoral freedom than the 'birthplace of democracy'. I expect those in power to tell us that only Democrats and Republicans are worthy to run for office, but not journalists. And yes, I do believe that in an alleged democracy, regular folks should have the right to get on the ballot and participate in debates without being attacked by lawyers and party hacks.

"As for you, Mr. Rogers, way to play "politics as usual" with your egregious logic error. Equating a mistaken interpretation of an overly complex election procedure doesn't equal "can't get 9 signatures" and you know it."

The last instance I heard of where a Green got thrown off the ballot by a Democrat legal challenge, the candidate had gone to the proper officials to inquire how many signatures would be needed. He gathered the requested amount, and got thrown off the ballot because the officials had given him incorrect information (or to use the vernacular, they lied). These officials then told the Green candidate "you should have read the law." What can I say? The Democratic Party's contempt for democracy is astounding.

Posted by greenferret on 06/19/2009 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Signature Problem: Democrats Move to Knock Green Party Candidate Off City Council Ballot

Please take a look at some of the assumptions behind your statement. Why does 28% of the vote for mayor automatically become a "protest vote" when the candidate is Green? Why is it "normal" to have only a choice between Democrats and Republicans, while other parties get thrown off the ballot in our alleged democracy?
Why, when Greens have won small local races like this all over the country, does the author of the article predict that the Green candidate will only be a "spoiler" and a "headache"? I've never seen such disrespect for Democrats or Republicans in an ostensible news story.
Why don't Democrats push for instant runoff voting, instead of trying to deny voters the chance to vote for the candidate of their choice? Instant runoff voting ensures that every vote counts while eliminating the "spoiler effect". Wouldn't that be a better, more democratic solution?

Posted by greenferret on 06/17/2009 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Signature Problem: Democrats Move to Knock Green Party Candidate Off City Council Ballot

Why do you think that someone who won 28% of the vote for mayor has no chance to win a city council seat? Democrats can try to spin this however they want, but it really seems that they think the only way they can win here is to deny the voters a choice.

Posted by greenferret on 06/17/2009 at 1:52 PM

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