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[11]: Comment by shmerl
by kenji on Wed 7th Nov 2012 17:37 UTC in reply to "RE[10]: Comment by shmerl"
kenji
Member since:
2009-04-08

Personally I think that third parties are not neglected because of the voting system but because of the political culture. Your example of splitting the vote is correct and this causes third parties to be more neglected. If a third party gets too many votes then the more similar party loses as you said. This has more to do with the culture than the voting framework.

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RE[12]: Comment by shmerl
by Alfman on Wed 7th Nov 2012 23:19 in reply to "RE[11]: Comment by shmerl"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

kenji,

"Personally I think that third parties are not neglected because of the voting system but because of the political culture...."

You've admitted third parties aren't viable under the current system. I'm just explaining why the two party system is a biproduct of the voting system that discourages people from voting for 3rd parties.

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