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The veracity of politicians tells us that constituent's concerns
expressed "on the doorstep" is at a disparity to how
eventually vote (eg "the people I've been meeting on the
aren't interested in me having kinky bondage sex in a
seems that voters change their
opinions between doorstep
polling booth, with a cumulatively greater disparity for those
living in rural areas with a longer trip to the polling station.
If polling booths could be more 'doorsteppy' this might affirm
vote more accurate to voter's home opinion, say with the use
door with letterbox, some junk mail and catflap.
voting could take place on doorsteps with a doorstep polling
booth option for those living in tents or on houseboats.
||Perhaps it's the fact that the polling happens on different
Which might be the solution. Instead of "1 person, 1 vote, on
1 day", we have "1 person, 5 votes, 5 widely separated
days". That way, a more accurate measure of how they think
can be taken. It could even be weighted as a trend; eg. if
each poll shows a person further and further "left", then the
"lefter" votes get more weight. If they are pretty constant,
all 5 are evenly weighted.
||Vote whenever you want ; change your vote whenever you want ; on "election day" they do a tally to see who stays and who gets the boot.
||Nah, that'll work out like the highways in Austria
where everyone suddenly brakes like mad in camera
zones in order to appear going the posted speed.
Nobody would vote until the last minute.
||In the British political tradition, doorsteps play a different and
very important role.
||It is by keeping canvassing candidates and their assistants
waiting on doorsteps, preferably in the rain, that citizens
remind those candidates of the proper relationship between
citizens and politicians.
||One of my few gripes with the Australian system (which, in
general, works very well) is that, because voting is compulsory,
this salutary ritual humbling is absent from the process.