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A snippet of the Polk County, Iowa absentee ballot for tomorrow's election



One of the things I love most about ballots back home is that, for all offices being elected on that ballot, we can provide a write-in candidate if we prefer. This tends to only make much of a difference in local elections, or in the case of a major national candidate who, for whatever reason, failed to meet the criteria or deadlines for appearing in print on the ballot in the first place.

C. says that UK ballots don't allow write-in candidates. He quite reasonably argues that this means that only candidates who actually want the job will be elected for the position in question.

Personally, I love the willful independence that having a write-in space for each office allows.

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sioneva
Nov. 3rd, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
I can understand NOT having it...but I agree with you and like that freedom to write in.
celandineb
Nov. 4th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
We can't write in candidates in this state, either, although it's been possible in other states I've lived in.

I don't like not having a write-in space; it means that if I don't like anyone on the ballot, I don't have the option of actually voting for someone I would like to see in office. The best I can do is withhold my vote.
4ll4n0
Nov. 5th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
The thing that struck me when I learned more about the US electoral process was just how much you vote for. You guys vote for like everything at once and have lots of elected positions, plus many ballot propositions in some states, it is really like the joke about voting for Dog Catcher. Is it a tight race for dog catcher this year?
owlfish
Nov. 5th, 2008 09:58 am (UTC)
Yes! We had one state constitutional amendment on the ballot, but it was a pretty straightforward one, along the lines of replacing "insane" with "adjudged mentally unsound" or the like.

This is also why I chose a ballot excerpt including the County Sheriff and County Auditor. Prospective members of the Soil and Water Conservation Board were also on the ballot.
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