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Eric Sundwall 
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Re: “Trial pits Greens, Libs against the state

The ability to win or even viability shouldn't be the litmus test for ballot access. In age of databases, advanced HTML and other market driven technologies, asking voters and the Board of Elections to modernize and adapt should be a small price to pay for a decent democracy. Crowded ballots, federal stare decisis inertia and the psychological aspects of lesser of two evil voting have been the fear tactics of the entrenched. Prior to th 1880's there were no ballot restrictions for candidates. Every citizen was viable because everyone was free to choose their preference. The introduction of the Australian secret ballot allowed for governments to exert control over who was on the ballot. Gradually that control has come to mean byzantine signature requirements which are absurd on their face. Anyone ever involved in a signature drive knows that the average voter who signs is not necessarily signing because they support any given candidate, it's because they see any independent effort as acceptable in light of the horrible choices we currently face.

Posted by Eric Sundwall on 05/08/2008 at 8:57 AM

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