Platform Outlines: A Suggestion for Elections

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June 12, 2007 at 9:48 pm #295059
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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.

June 12, 2007 at 9:55 pm #295063
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Cometgreen

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

Cometgreen

June 13, 2007 at 12:21 am #295089
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Squash

Dragoon did somthing like this last time.

June 13, 2007 at 1:16 am #295105
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Watson

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.

June 13, 2007 at 1:53 am #295115
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Trillspots

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

June 13, 2007 at 5:53 pm #295141
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White

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.

June 13, 2007 at 6:43 pm #295153
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Legoman182182

I think that would be great.

June 14, 2007 at 12:46 am #295247
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Schlockading

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

June 14, 2007 at 1:28 am #295263
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Trillspots

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

June 16, 2007 at 7:42 pm #295962
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White

A development on this idea, I created a group on youtube for the elections. My idea was to have 1 video for each election (7 videos, one for each Ministerial position) and each candidate can then post a video response to the position they will be running for.
This way will have all the candidates organised and voters will be able to see who is where more easily.

Should I keep the group running or should I close it? Guess I really should of asked Trill first, should I? :oops: The group I made is []dead[], I’ll close it if you don’t want it or if Trill wants to make another to be in control of.

June 16, 2007 at 9:18 pm #295984
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Watson

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

June 16, 2007 at 9:24 pm #295987
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White

Yeah, I thought that would be the case with some people. It was just an idea.

June 16, 2007 at 9:43 pm #295993
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RevMen

I support the short write-ups idea.

June 17, 2007 at 9:31 am #296155
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White

I’ll delete the group then.

June 29, 2007 at 1:27 am #300311
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Watson

So are we doing this then? If the election is this weekend, when and where can we submit them? What will the character limit be?

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