Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Feb 2012 11:22 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems No matter where you look these days, there's a profound sense here in the west that the people no longer having any tangible control over what our governments do. Sure, we are allowed to vote every once in a while, but effectively, most of our countries are governed by backroom deals and corporate interests. If matters really do get out of hand, how do we fight this? Well, with technology of course!
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RE[3]: Speak for yourself!!!
by Alfman on Wed 22nd Feb 2012 16:04 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Speak for yourself!!!"
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"Why doesn't the voter do more to ensure more choices?"

Good question, I guess we have to look at what causes the lack of choice in the first place.

Here in NYS, we have elections where only one name appears on the ballot. It's not that no one else is running mind you, but that the ballot requirements make it difficult for "normal people" to run.

I found a very interesting blog about it.

Ordinary people simply don't have enough wealth to pay for a campaign, including an office, staff, advertising, etc. Heck most people wouldn't even be able to cover their own personal expenses if they took a leave from their jobs go campaigning (assuming their employer even allows them to take a leave of absence).

Around here there is talk of using public money and capping private funds to balance the playing field. Politicians obviously won't pass this, but even if they did I'm not sure that it would work. Upper classes are better prepositioned for running successful campaigns.

Another separate problem is the very real artificial incentive to vote for the least objectionable majority party that is likely to win, rather than the party one wants to win. This gives Democrats and Republicans a disproportionately large majority that they don't deserve at the ballots. This reinforces the lack of choice. Ideally we'd have a voting system which enables voters to vote for their actual preferred candidates without "throwing away" their vote. I think rank voting offers a good solution to this problem, and it would be a boon for real voter choice.

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