United States Primary Elections Explained

Submitted by: 314314 5 years ago in

The crazy rules of selecting the nominees for president.
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Male 5
my brother once wrote a mock essay for some class supporting the need for a mandatory test to obtain a license to vote, much like requiring a test to obtain a license to drive. Basically stating that informed voting is more valuable...it was a pretty interesting viewpoint
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Male 7,890
@LillianDulci: I can see that viewpoint.

LillianDulci-"Consider that American citizen over the age of 18 should be able to vote"

Nope, I dissagree. There are reasons why one can lose this privilege. And rightfully so.

LillianDulci-"trying to prevent people from voting for not having an photo ID"

I actually agree with the idea of a photo ID. You need a photo ID for many things. In some states you even need a photo ID to buy Drano. Obtaining a photo ID is no hardship. If you don`t drive, an alternative Photo ID is available in all states. The ONLY reason to be against Voter ID is to allow voter fraud.

My favorite news bit as to why ID cards for voting is `racist` was the reporter stating, "Many Americans don`t have photo ID becuase they like to work and get paid under-the-table to avoid taxes." Sorry, avoiding taxes means you don`t deserve a vote.
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Female 2,674
"If you`re not interested enough to do your own research and find out how the system works, you probably don`t need to be voting (of course, if people did that, we`d have a different president right now)."

Sure, people who have taken a government class (it`s a requirement for all high school kids, right? it is in my state anyway) should already know this. But consider that America isn`t the only place in the world (citizens of other countries may be interested in how we vote). Consider that every American citizen over the age of 18 should be able to vote (there is legislation that makes it not true in all cases, even new legislation that`s trying to prevent people from voting for not having an photo ID and such...) no matter how educated they are. Consider that this video itself is a way of "doing your own research". It`s not much different to find this video on youtube compared to finding a website that says the same thing. It`s just a different format to
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Male 2,553
x.x

This is why actual plitics bore me to death.

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Male 654
>>poo would actually get done as the partisanship would stop<<<

That`s a joke right??
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Male 654
Why do "states", a government, have ANY say on how or when a political party holds elections?
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Male 7,890
LazyMe484-"Yup. Let`s see you do better."

You missed the point. If you`re not interested enough to do your own research and find out how the system works, you probably don`t need to be voting (of course, if people did that, we`d have a different president right now).

It`s not that complicated of a system. But, unfortunately, there are people out there that need to have EVERYthing explained to them in the simplist terms in HOPES of something getting through.

Of course, stupid people are why we have signs like this:

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Male 234
I do like the canadian/english parliament system more recently. poo would actually get done as the partisanship would stop.
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Male 4,902
@SunnyNphilly, sounds good to me.
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Male 12,138
Hmm, interesting, I`ve been wondering about this stuff recently.
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Male 645
I have a crazy idea... everyone gets a vote... and every vote counts... and the winner does what the voters want.
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Female 6,381
In Canada, you vote for the man or woman of your choice in your "riding." You can vote by party or personality - it`s up to you. Whoever gets the most votes in your riding wins a seat in Parliament. The party with most seats forms the government, with its leader as Prime Minister.
That`s it.
Simple.
Better.
Harder to manipulate.
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Female 500
This sounds like my government class today. For which I am now supposed to be studying vocab for. Mere coincidence? (Probably)
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Male 234
He forgot to mention that New Hampshire`s primary is the first primary that locks in delegates. The Iowa caucus, while first,determines the delegates that go to the county conventions, who in turn choose delegates for the district conventions, who choose delegates for the state convention, who choose delegates for the national convention.

:-O
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Male 10,440
[quote] Does this REALLY need a video explaining it? [/quote]
Yup. Let`s see you do better.
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Male 7,890
Does this REALLY need a video explaining it?

Hey, I got another great idea for a informative video that`s just a necessary: "How to poor water out of a boot (and we`ll even put the instructions on the heel)"

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Male 757
Sooooo Democrocy is an illusion.
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Female 2,674
Huh. *Rubs imaginary beard thoughtfully*
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Male 4,004
I like how it`s displayed as if only 2 parties existed. Independents aren`t as likely to be corrupt. The problem is that independents aren`t owners of media, so it`s a bit harder for them to get their names out via CNN or FOX or NBC or whatever.

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Male 38,739

"Theoretically" that`s how it works.
Now add in the corporate sponsorship and money spent promoting and de-selecting candidates.
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Female 546
again, my vote doesn`t count so why bother voting?
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Male 10,855
Complication #6: The Republicans do not have superdelegates.
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Male 25,416
meh...
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Male 646
How is it overcomplicated? Seems reasonable to me.
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Male 5,811
This seems like an overcomplicated system, but then what isn`t overcomplicated with government?
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Male 3
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