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StarsInHerHair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 09:27 PM
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an en masse write-in vote for every election from now on-pros, cons?
tell me about any weaknesses in this approach
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 09:28 PM
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1. Who are we writing in?
And wouldn't it just be easier to pull the lever?
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StarsInHerHair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 09:48 PM
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3. with machines and private corps. doing the counting?
is that still considered the 'good thing to do'?
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 11:54 PM
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6. Now I get what you mean
I thought you were making a different point.
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 09:32 PM
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2. 50 different procedures...
...in 50 different states, some with two (official and unofficial) categories of write-ins.

50 differing standards on how close the spelling has to be, etc.

And in presidential elections, you're actually voting for a slate of electors who then vote for president. There's no way to do that write-in, unless you write in the name(s) of the elector(s).
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StarsInHerHair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 09:51 PM
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4. sp you're saying democracy is too hard? that there aren't people in all those
50 states willing to do the research & print out what to do? & is the rest about the electoral college: doesn't that also apply to those who vote by machine?
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Davis_X_Machina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-26-11 10:05 PM
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5. There are...
Edited on Sat Feb-26-11 10:27 PM by Davis_X_Machina
...but are there willing voters? In a country where turnout is already 50% of eligibles, and 'I didn't like any of the candidates' isn't even in the top three reasons given for not voting, I don't think so.

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In states with parties, and party candidates -- in other words, all of them -- their presidential elector slates are on the printed ballot, organized by candidate. Same thing with machines.

For a write-in presidential candidate there has to be a mechanism to associate the particular candidate written in with a particular presidential elector.

There's a reason why people move heaven and earth, file lawsuits, etc, to get party status, and/or access to the printed ballot.
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