Tuesday, November 29, 2011

We need to reform campaign and election laws

Last time on Erica's Political Soapbox: Re-electing Barack Obama wouldn't be the worst thing we could do.

It's true, Obama is miles better than any of the Republican candidates. (Though I'm not convinced Mitt Romney would really be that bad, given his record as Governor of Massachusetts.) But that's where the arguments get off-track. Nobody wants to vote for the lesser of two evils, and that's a certain way to create voter apathy, opposite of the sentiment that won the 2008 election. Perhaps worse, they go on to argue that you shouldn't waste your vote on a third party candidate because, "look what happened in 2000! Do we really want that again?" "Don't throw your vote away!"

I hate that people think this way, that the only way my vote will "count" is if it's for one of two candidates. In my very Democratic state, I feel as if my vote for a Democratic candidate doesn't matter. Indeed, even if Obama had won the state by a single vote, he would have gained all seven of our electoral votes. We need to reform the election system so that everyone's vote counts, equally.

In the next three days, I will be posting my three top election/campaign reforms:
Reform #1: Move from the electoral college to the popular vote.
Reform #2: Start counting second choices.
Reform #3: Campaign financing

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