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Thread: Protest/novelty voting

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    I have voted for Ross Perot and Barry Goldwater...
    I'd like to see mandatory voting with a ton of reform..
    One of which is this option ...
    "none of the above" .
    I'm not a fan of mandatory voting. I should have the right not to participate if I don't want to.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Have you ever voted for a candidate you knew wasn't going to win out of protest against the stronger candidates or because you didn't care one way or another? Have you ever written in your own name?

    I'm seriously thinking about writing in Mickey Mouse for Governor. The incumbent carters to the extreme right-wing such as blocking White House initiatives in the state that would have created jobs just to oppose the President and try to cause his presidency to fail, sending the federal funding to other states that tax-payers in my state paid into the federal treasury. He also tried a little voter suppression in 2012 and it failed. The other supports policies that violate my conscience.

    In my state write-in candidates still need to be registered/certified as office seekers so writing in Mickey Mouse would be a wasted vote other than to make a statement. I wish disqualified write-ins were reported in the news but I think our elections office doesn't even report them as votes so the media has no information on those votes.
    Usually you can find an independent/third party candidate who you could actually support. Not always but usually. If it's a candidate you can support then it's never a wasted vote.
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    I'm not a fan of mandatory voting. I should have the right not to participate if I don't want to.
    And those of us who voted should have the right to slap you if you bitch about the outcome!
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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Kobie View Post
    I'm not a fan of mandatory voting. I should have the right not to participate if I don't want to.
    I think you're right. We have way too many people who vote who do not have the faintest idea of why they are voting for candidate A or candidate B.
    This Reform Party member thinks it is high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first and their political party further down the line. But for way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Have you ever voted for a candidate you knew wasn't going to win out of protest against the stronger candidates or because you didn't care one way or another? Have you ever written in your own name?


    I'm seriously thinking about writing in Mickey Mouse for Governor. The incumbent carters to the extreme right-wing such as blocking White House initiatives in the state that would have created jobs just to oppose the President and try to cause his presidency to fail, sending the federal funding to other states that tax-payers in my state paid into the federal treasury. He also tried a little voter suppression in 2012 and it failed. The other supports policies that violate my conscience.

    In my state write-in candidates still need to be registered/certified as office seekers so writing in Mickey Mouse would be a wasted vote other than to make a statement. I wish disqualified write-ins were reported in the news but I think our elections office doesn't even report them as votes so the media has no information on those votes.



    I believe that I understand why some people may do this, but I see it as a waste of votes and time.

    Voting for someone with zero chance of election will not change what the government is doing.

    Voting for someone who is a little better (From your point of view.), may result in some change.




    Basically what I am saying here is that it makes no sense to let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

    Think about it. Me, I'll continue to vote for the least bad option on the ballot.




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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Mal View Post
    I voted for the Rhinoceros Party candidate, twice, in federal elections here. His name on the ballot was Albert the Cad. Richard the Troll just died recently.
    They were going to repeal the metric system because, "If God wanted the metric system there would have been ten apostles."
    The top planks in the party platform...

    Repealing the law of gravity[18][19]
    Providing higher education by building taller schools[10]
    Instituting English, French and illiteracy as Canada's three official languages[10]
    Tearing down the Rocky Mountains so that Albertans could see the Pacific sunset[19]
    Making Montreal the Venice of North America by damming the St. Lawrence River[20]
    Abolishing the environment because it's too hard to keep clean and it takes up so much space[10]
    Annexing the United States, which would take its place as the third territory in Canada's backyard (after the Yukon and the Northwest Territories—Nunavut did not yet exist), in order to eliminate foreign control of Canada's natural resources[21]

    Rhinoceros Party of Canada (1963



    These are all excellent ideas.

    The USA needs to open up a branch of the Rhinoceros Party.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Only once, I wrote in Mickey Mouse rather than vote for any of the idiots running but ultimately, that's pointless. Someone is going to win and you don't have the option of living under the rules of people who don't win.
    Pick the one you can best live with and hope for better candidates in the future.



    I agree and see this as the best option.

    Better to get some of what you want than nothing.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by MoSurveyor View Post
    And those of us who voted should have the right to slap you if you bitch about the outcome! :
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    I don't agree with this, but I do support the idea that those who don't vote give up their right to complain.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    We don't have write ins here but I have voted for third party candidates when I was a Republican because both of the other candidates were atrocious. As well, my votes for both McCain and Romney were "protest" votes because after listening to Obama in his own words realized that while both of the Republican candidates absolutely sucked(I was a Republican then) and I didn't want to vote for them the alternative was worse. I actually felt dirty voting for both McCain and Romney.
    Neither side in an argument can find the truth when both make an absolute claim on it.

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    Re: Protest/novelty voting

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    I don't agree with this, but I do support the idea that those who don't vote give up their right to complain.
    I say bitch slap 'em - they'll eventually learn to either vote or keep their mouth shut!


    (Apparently you missed the " " at the end - or have no sense of humor. LOL!)
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