Platform Outlines: A Suggestion for Elections

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  • #295059
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    Watson
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    One of the problems that exists in our current system, and indeed, in any system, is voter apathy. Many people just don’t have the time or interest to follow the campaigns, and to keep of what each candidate stands for, or plans to do. This is an issue because it keeps people from making an informed choice, and often leads to candidates winning based on popularity, or other equally frivolous reasons.

    We need to have a method of giving a simple overview of what each candidate stands for at the actual election. We could leave it up to the Election Commissioner to prepare a brief blurb about all of the candidates, but that would be a large job, and could also leave the commissioner open to accusations of bias from some of the candidates.

    I’d like to see a system in which, prior to elections, each eligible candidate may submit a brief summary (restricted to a certain number of characters) to the election commissioner that outlines what they want to do, and why they feel that they’re right for the position. These summaries would then be included in the post under the poll that the election commissioner creates for that particular position.

    Voters would then have a handbook of sorts to reference so that they can make more informed decisions. It also gives the candidates one final chance to make their case on an even playing field.

    #295063
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    Cometgreen
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    I don’t see it being very effective, but it wouldn’t hurt.

    Cometgreen

    #295089
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    Squash
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    Dragoon did somthing like this last time.

    #295105
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    Watson
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    He summarized the candidates campaigns, yes, but this is different. I’m proposing having the candidates write their own summary, which would be displayed below the poll for each election.

    #295115
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    Trillspots
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    I definitely like this idea.

    I’ve always believed voters guides were a helpful resource. For the people who don’t have time to keep up with pages and pages of threads and questions and answers, etc.

    I’d be open to doing this. I don’t think this is an issue that needs to be voted on – but if you guys think it should be voted on; I’ll put up a poll this evening.

    -Trill

    #295141
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    White
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    This would be very useful. Its hard to actually see who you can vote for, where they’re posting stuff etc, the forum looks a bit messy.

    #295153
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    Legoman182182
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    I think that would be great.

    #295247
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    Schlockading
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    It might be useful, but popularity would probably still be the overriding factor in the elections.

    #295263
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    Trillspots
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    Well, that’s going to be the case regardless. Can’t help to provide an extra option.

    Popularity’s gonna be the overruling voter’s guide until someone comes and beats this forum with the enlightenment-stick.

    -Trill

    #295984
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    Watson
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    I personally don’t want to make a video. I’d much prefer to just make a write-up that highlights my stance.

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