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March 6, 2008

Voting for Ex’s in Texas

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Brian @ 8:47 am

The big “win” the media have dubbed Sen. Clinton’s score from this week’s Democratic primary election in Rhode Island, Vermont, Ohio, and Texas is hardly that. Of the 100,000 votes separating the difference between HRC and BHO, it turns out half that number went to candidates whose names were on the ballot but who are out of the race, including 29,000 votes for Sen. Edwards. Who knows why people would vote for the ex candidates in such a close race? Confusion? A little nostalgia for the ex’s? Why?

As for the twelve million registered voters in Texas the difference between their preference for Sen. Clinton versus Sen. Obama is down to 4 out of 1000 persons. That is hardly a resounding endorsement for either candidate.

Yet, caucus results favor Obama. Why? Maybe only highly educated young people can find their way to such an event to state their support for their candidate. Think about this. Obama says his approach to government is to leverage the passion and desire of the American people to pressure change that will strengthen the citizens instead of patronize the extreme wealthy and excuse corporate selfishness. Let’s say he means this. I believe he does because that is why I support his candidacy. But another reason I support his candidacy is because I see evidence of impassioned people bothering to attend caucuses to state their case and be counted. These people will set policy on health care, national security, and ensuring the constitution is protected against further erosion. I won’t count on the ex’s in Texas to help.

December 12, 2007

Duty to Not Commit: How Michigan confusion is a vote for Hillary Clinton

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — Brian @ 8:37 am

What is more likely to sway a primary election than a few people changing primary election rules?  I suggest not even talking heads in mainstream media have this much influence.

Michigan leaders decided to move the primary to January 15th.  Typical Michigan voters might think the reason is for increased national influence by becoming an early state to make their choice.  After all, why should our friends in Iowa and New Hampshire always get to choose the likely nominee?  Perhaps another motive is in play. 

When Michigan primary voters go to the polls in January they will choose a Republican or Democratic ballot.  According to the Michigan Democratic voter’s guide, Democrats will have 6 choices:

“Hillary Clinton
Christopher Dodd
Mike Gravel
Dennis Kucinich

“A vote for “uncommitted” is a vote to send delegates to the Democratic National Convention who are not committed or pledged to any candidate. Those delegates can vote for any candidate they choose at the Convention.”

Supporters of Joe Biden, John Edwards, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson are urged to vote “uncommitted” instead of writing in their candidates’ names because write-in votes for those candidates will not be counted.”

Are you kidding me?  So why is “write-in” even an option?  How many primary voters do you think will know that their write-in choice will be ignored? 

Maybe Hillary Clinton enthusiasts in Lansing are behind this.  Maybe not, but I imagine most voters supporting Obama, Edwards, or Biden will NOT know that the only chance their choice can possibly be counted is if they go to the poll, vote “uncommitted, “ and HOPE whomever Michigan sends to the convention will vote on their behalf.

This is silly and seems unconstitutional.  However, I am no lawyer – only a voter with a duty not to make a commitment.

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