Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Nov 2012 11:37 UTC
In the News "This election won't hinge on technology issues. Just look at prevailing discussions this year at the national level: major candidates have sparred over Iran's nuclear ambitions, the role of government, inane comments on the female body, and to nobody's surprise, the economy. Despite that fact, many decisions will be taken up by the next US president and those in Congress that will affect the world of tech, and by consequence, the real lives of citizens and human beings around the world - from alternative energy, to the use of killer drones, the regulation of wireless spectrum, and policies that aim to control content on the internet. Your chance to vote is just around the corner. Here's what's at stake in tech this election, and how the major candidates could influence our future." Happy voting, American readers. Whatever you pick, please take at least a few minutes to consider that the implications of your choice do not end at the US border.
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RE[10]: Comment by shmerl
by Alfman on Wed 7th Nov 2012 05:55 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by shmerl"
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I appreciate your answer!

"I do not vote for third parties because it is futile. That is the nature of politics in the USA."

Agreed, I think that's a big part of the problem.

"I also generally do not vote against things, I vote for them."

Fair enough, I guess you don't have this dilemma personally. But what of voters who aren't represented by the two party system? They cannot "vote *for* things" and "not vote for third parties" at the same time, they have to break one of your rules.

"Don't assume that all Americans are full of hate and tend to vote against the 'other guy' over voting for 'their guy'. It happens for sure, especially in this election but it isn't a constant."

That's not really what I meant. Consider that the green party aligns better with the democratic party than the republican party. If too many people vote green, it will split the democratic vote. Consequently republicans would win, but they are further from green party ideals than democrates are. Therefore voting for who you want can be detrimental to your cause. This is a terrible property of the US voting system. Many of us propose rank voting as a much better alternative.

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