I have to start this with a disclaimer: I have no interest in politics. Only in living in a logical democracy (i.e. even if one party is in power, they acknowledge those that disagree). I don’t think we’re living in anything near that, and I would like the rules to change to make democracy an ongoing philosophy, not a left-right-left-right obstacle course.
I also have a problem with the many recent very close elections at every level won by just a few votes - not enough to even cause a statistical blip.
What happens now when you go to vote, you get one choice. You may believe in the Peace & Freedom or Libertarian platform, but you know they haven’t got a chance, so you’re forced to vote Reb. or Dem. if you want your voice to be heard.
So, would it be possible to change ballots to first and second choices? You could vote your heart as #1, and your brain as #2. (i.e. I believe #1 would serve my (and my country’s) interests best, but they don’t have a chance in hell, so #2 would be my choice between those with any possibility of being elected). If an election is close (1-2%?) second choices would be tabulated.
This would give people more scope to state their true beliefs. I don’t think either major party could oppose it without losing credence
I think the technology is out there. (Hey, if my grocery store can itemize my purchases by type, why can’t the dam govment)
I would like replies regarding:
Would the 2 major parties accept this
Would the populace accept this
Is there any legal/constitutional problem with this.
I’m going to be watching this, but probably not posting again, since I don’t know any of the answers.