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Political Issues Voting

Why be limited to voting for imperfect candidates when we could vote for issues.
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In addition to voting for professional legislators (which is essentially what voting is about), why not determine what the main issues of the day are, and allow the country to prioritize them officially. Then, when it comes time for re-election, the media could review the issues and report on the changes.
simpleknight, Nov 12 2000

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A more sophisticated proposal along these lines... [egnor, Nov 12 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]


       Isn't this what referenda are? Although I suppose you want them to be more widely used, and to have some actual legal force.
baf, Nov 13 2000

       Initiatives work at the state level. Here in WA, the voters have very effectively prioritized transportation issues (even if I-745 failed this time around), for example.
egnor, Nov 13 2000

       What i'm talking about is not amendments or even referenda. I'm saying, let's have what would essentially be a poll, like we see all of these polling firms do, but on the national level. Instead of using statistics, let's get the real numbers; "How many people who actually vote care about the following, and in what order?"   

       Only the issue would be listed, not the solution. For example, you might have abortion, health care, social security, education, minimum wage, etc. The only reason that this is needed is that most candidates match each other issue for issue, but we don't know what their priority is. And yes, health care was a major Clinton issue, but you do have to admit that it was at least discussed quite often. However, woudn't Congress take it more seriously if they knew that the population considered it their number one priority not just throught the president they selected, but because the nat'l poll said so?
simpleknight, Nov 13 2000

       Hey, now we're talking. Wish I'd seen this before writing up "tax explanation", though that's possibly a practical idea to make this one come true. However, I was thinking more of voting for 1 issue each voter, as opposed to bureaucratic prioritizing. This way, we end up with government policy decided by voters. Of course, there would be a problem if 50% voted for more defence while the others voted for disarmament....but I like the principle.
git, Jun 08 2003


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