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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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Wednesday October 16, 2002
02:27 PM

"Choose" means you have a choice

[ #8413 ]
Dear Log,

«Quelle blague! I went into the booth, where supposedly I was going to read the ballot and choose my candidate for the supreme soviet - "choose" means you have a choice. There was just one name, already marked. I burst out laughing uncontrollably, right there in the booth, just like a child. It took me a long time to compose myself. I leave the booth, and here comes [her husband] Yury, stony-faced. I lifted my collar and ducked down into it so that only my eyes were visible; it was just hilarious.»

--Lyubov Vasilievna Shaporin commenting on the 1937 election in Russia, quoted in Martin Amis's Koba the Dread: Laughter and the Twenty Million by Martin Amis

Yow! Did I forget to ROCK THE VOTE?

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  • In California, with incumbent "Democrats" running for the important positions, a
    voter has very little practical power as an individual. I mean, Gray Davis won
    80% of the primary vote. And he is awful! Of course, I voted for someone else
    in the primary, but that had no effect. And however I vote in the main
    election, Davis will win anyway.

    We need some sort of instant runoff [fairvote.org]
    election system, with
    instant recall [blackened.net]
    to keep power decentralized. These would be greatly aided by computerized
    voting -- but the only