scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: Apology re:Liberal Scouting and Introductions
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Tue Aug 22 1972 - 14:50:20 CDT
On Tue, 22 Aug 2000, steve wrote:
> I didn't have a problem with who you selected in the post, but rather that
> you think that voting for some one who is unlikely to win as throwing away
> your vote. Do you vote for the person who you think is best for the country
> or only for those that you think may win?
Voting for the man running 6th in a field of 5 *IS* a wasted vote in
terms of its impact on the outcome. The way the Electoral College works,
the size of the plurality doesn't count, only the number of Electoral votes.
So, if you truly wish your vote to "count" in the sense of having an
effect, you MUST vote for one of the candidates most likely to win.
And let's face it, regardless of the merits of their platforms, neither
Nader nor Buchanan is likely to win the necessary number of electoral votes.
It is fatally easy for the so-minded to field enough unlikely-to-win
candidates to strip votes from any candidate. Let's say, for instance,
that Nader had two more Green opponents ... the Green vote would split 3
ways, and guarantee none of them would win.
This time, at least there are four candidates, two conservative and two
liberal, and it's a little more fair that way. (g)