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  •  The horse race bs, who does it serve? (14+ / 0-)

    The diary makes that point that every vote needs to be counted and a week later some are still not.  In Colorado it wasn't nearly as close as predicted.

    I play for keeps. Kindness, Equality, Enlightenment, Peace, and Sustainability.

    by QDMacaw on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:25:33 AM PST

    •  It serves news ratings, newspaper/magazine sales, (5+ / 0-)

      Blogs, and the ability of 'pundits' and 'experts' to endlessly pontificate and look like Very Knowledgeable And Serious People (and bill their services accordingly).

      You can't sell as many commercials in a Super Bowl, and charge a high price, if it's the NE Patriots vs. the Cleveland Browns. You want 2 teams that are close in ability and fan base.

      It's time for us to eviscerate schadenfreude!!

      by Fordmandalay on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 06:38:01 AM PST

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    •  It has also made me and other citizens (2+ / 0-)
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      sethtriggs, QDMacaw

      more engaged.  We want to vote; we want to make sure the elections are clean.  We don't take democracy for granted - which in a way is a good thing.

      by chloris creator on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 08:32:15 AM PST

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      •  Yes to the above. "We need to fix this." (0+ / 0-)

        It starts with fixing long lines and the mechanics of voting in order to make every vote cast count and to enfranchise every citizen who is willing to cast a ballot.  

        More difficult is standardizing how and when people can vote so there is a more uniform process for all states.  Some Secretary of States have become hyper partisan. This should be condemned. Every citizen should be able to vote early, by mail or in person in a method that is convenient to them.

        Elections will always be a struggle between different interests.  Educating the electorate is an important responsibility and is a necessary safeguard against rampant capitalists and others who peddle deception.  I am proud of the role Daily Kosians play in defending our Democracy, damned proud in fact!  There are solutions to the issues that the diarist brings up.  We should champion this fight.

        I play for keeps. Kindness, Equality, Enlightenment, Peace, and Sustainability.

        by QDMacaw on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 03:31:22 PM PST

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