Friday, October 19, 2007

Voting Under Examination

They will be talking about the decline in voting, on the Agenda tonight. I predict that the guests will go round in circles ending in a "Well, what can you do?" moment. I suspect they will accuse the people of having a lack of civil consciousness and of being too selfish to vote. The establishment doesn't want to open up the box marked, "Gamed Electoral System" and so reform will be raised and dismissed very quickly (The odds of someone on the panel saying "Well New Zealand has MMP and their voter turn out is going down" while neglecting to mention turnouts are still 30 points higher than in Ontario, are 100%). I also will bet that mandatory voting will get at least some play in the discussion. I may still watch, but there will be nothing new there.
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