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  •  Yeah, you're right (2+ / 0-)
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    Much better to do it half assed. Not like it's important or anything.

    by hishighness on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 06:47:51 PM PST

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    •  I never said that. (0+ / 0-)

      But I'd rather have a direct vote for the President than no direct vote for Prime Minister, and Canada has tyranny of the majority given their Senate is weak - You get a majority government and there is literally nothing stopping Harper for the next four years.  

      US politics might have warts, but so does Canada.  

      They have the billionaires, We have the Big Dog!

      by Jacoby Jonze on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 06:51:25 PM PST

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      •  Except that has nothing to do with my diary (0+ / 0-)

        My post was about the actual act of voting (i.e. marking a ballot) and the actual act of counting (i.e. this vote is for candidate A, and this vote is for candidate B) not the manner in which those votes translate to who we elect.

        I want reform on that front too, in both countries but you're talking about oranges while I'm talking about apples.

        by hishighness on Sun Nov 04, 2012 at 06:56:58 PM PST

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    •  You're complaining about a $500 M cost to do (0+ / 0-)

      elections the same way as Canada. It would be helpful if you had a link to both the $50M Canadian figure you mention, and also a link to how much it already costs to run elections in the US - and I'm not talking about the astronomical campaign costs ($6 bn and counting right now) - but just the costs for administering an election like the one on Tuesday. Those costs should also include the litigation costs to try and beat back the vote rigging across the country.

      It could be that the hodge-podge and corrupt way US elections are run is already more expensive per capita than Canada.

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