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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-20-09 11:20 PM
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8. Can't beat your parliamentary system for simplifying elections, either
I live in a state legislative district which is split between three national congressional districts, has parts of 5 different cities plus unincorporated areas, and also has lots of fire, water, sewer and school districts. There are no party slates to vote for; just individuals. You can vote for a Dem for two of three state legislative positions and a Repub for the third one if you want. King County, second largest in the US after LA county has parts of 17 different legislative districts, some of which are shared with neighboring counties. All counties have county executives and county council people as well. And there are judgeships, initiatives and referendums as well.

None of the people on DU who rant predictably about hand counting have been able to come up with a workable protocol for counting all of this rat's nest of things to vote on by hand. Andy Stephenson, who lived in King County and actually had a clue about the complexity of the system, favored optically scanned ballots with mandatory random auditing by hand count. Anybody who as actually bothered to work in some capacity with our elections department agrees with him.
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