Slashdot | Green Party Candidate David Cobb Answers Your Questions Oct 1 2004

Green Party canidate answers to /. and gives some well thought-out positions, I think.

Of course, I’m still voting for Kerry, but I would seriously consider voting Green as first choice, particularly if the instant voting runoff system were implemented so your second choice canidate would still get your vote if your first choice didn’t have enough votes to win…

Slashdot | Green Party Candidate David Cobb Answers Your Questions

However, replacing the Electoral College with what you call a “simple popular vote” really doesn’t go far enough. We need to replace it with Instant Runoff Voting to ensure that the winner of the popular vote wins with a majority of that vote. Instant Runoff Voting is a voting system, used to elect the mayor of London, the president of Ireland and many office-holders in Australia, which allows you to rank candidates in order of preference. If someone wins a majority of first choice votes, the election is over. If no one wins in the first round, the candidate with the fewest first choice votes is eliminated and a runoff is held instantly taking into account the second choice votes of people who voted for the eliminated candidates.

To establish viable political alternatives, we first have to create a genuine democracy. Let’s remember that this country was founded by rich, white landowners for their benefit. Our founders did not create a democracy. “The people” did not-and still don’t-elect the president or the judiciary. Only the House of Representatives was elected by the people when this country was founded and those people were not women or people of color or the poor.

You should read the entire interview + the usual /. comments…


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