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Changing How We Vote
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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02/05/2008
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Much of America is out voting today... will we always vote the same way?

 

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Today's the closest thing to a national primary we've ever seen and the American electorate is engaged. But if you could, how would change the vote?

From the confusing electoral college to instant runoff voting, from the internet ballot to the open primary big thinkers about politics have been trying to figure out the best way to elect candidates for years.

This year is no exception with so many states moving into an early primary, there were real fears that we'd have a long, drawn out generar election - dominated by tv ads. So far that hasn't been the case.

But for those who remember the 2000 election debacle, questions still remain. Do we have the best voting system we could?

Today, where we live - Yale Polictal science profess or Donald Green will answer your questions about how we vote.

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Why I voted for Hillary Clinton

Yesterday I voted in the Connecticut primary for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. I have much respect for Senator Obama and all that he's done to bring youth, energy and a sense of the future to the Party. However, I think it's critical that we stop and look at the world in which we live and think about what we need in the next President of The United States.

Consider:
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2. We are at war in Iraq and Afghanistan and we need a rational plan for ending the war in Iraq while safe guarding our troops, the support staff and Iraqis civilians.
3. The Middle East as well as Pakistan are extremely unstable
4. We have lost respect across the world both developed and undeveloped
5. We continue to run an enormous budget deficit and have a nightmare of a problem in Medicare, while spending more than a trillion dollars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And there is much more.

While Senator Obama speaks of change, he does not speak in specifics. Senator Clinton has developed very specific plans to reform healthcare, to stimulate the economy, to motivate and care for the middle class, to reform education, to restore our standing with our foreign partners.

We need not only talk of change but we need change with ideas for implementation. Barack Obama will have a voice in our future but Hillary Clinton can ensure that we have a future.

Changing the Way we Vote

Though many call for changes in the presidential nomination system -- which is surely showing some major dislocations -- it will be very difficult to affect a significant change because there is not one center of decision making. The actions of state and national parties, state legislatures, the Congress and the candidates all combine to shape the system. A national primary -- one reform advocated by many -- may be judged unconstitutional inasmuch as states have traditional a strong presence in the conduct of elections.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission is running into significant problems in the updating the machinery of voting primarily because of on-the-ground difficulties in administering elections.

Christopher Arterton

Dean, Graduate School of Political Management

George Washington University

[Resident of New Haven]