I just voted and it felt good

I’m going to be out of town on election day so I just filled out my absentee ballot (thankfully I got my ballot, unlike my 13,000 friends in Colorado that didn’t.)

The anarchist is me voted for Colorado Amendment 36 (proportional voting).  Last time I checked, we lived in a “one vote for each person country”, although I can’t ever remember whether we live in a democracy or a republic (and – after reading this link – I still can’t tell.)  Lots of folks rail against the electoral college – I took my mandatory semester of government in high school and couldn’t figure it out.  Colorado’s proportional voting amendment is retroactive, so if it passes, the 9 Colorado electoral votes will be allocated proportionally (making Colorado most likely a 5-4 state.)  My election prediction at this point is that Kerry will win by 3 votes, Colorado Amendment 36 will pass, Colorado will go 5-4 to Bush, the Bush faction will sue for unconstitionality of the retroactivity of Amendment 36, and the Colorado Supreme Court will have some fun in November and December (and we won’t find out who our new president is until 2005 sometime.)

I also voted to raise taxes on myself for all the Boulder County stuff around funding for the arts (SCFD), open space protection, and fire prevention and forest management.  Does that make me a liberal sissy?

  • The thing I don’t like about Amendment 36 is that it ignores one of the most important aspects of the electoral college.

    The Senate has 2 people per state, regardless of state size, so that small states get adequate representation. The House has representatives apportioned on a per citizen bases, so the large states get appropriately large representation. This balance is a Good Thing(tm).

    The electoral college, similarly, gives us votes equal to our number of senators and representatives.

    In order to preserve the Good Thing(tm), I think that 2 votes should go to the winner, and the rest be doled out based on %age of votes.

    Regardless, I think the truth is that Bush will win, with or without this amendment.

  • Jeff Nolan

    I thought 36 won’t go into effect until next year, therefore the current election results will not be affected?

    Feld Comment: My understanding is that 36 is retroactive, but then again, who knows…

  • Dave Jilk

    Far from making you a liberal sissy, it means that you are willing to use physical force to get me and everyone else in Boulder County to contribute to the arts. Is that what you intended? Because if I choose to withhold that portion of my taxes, eventually people with guns will show up at my house. More sounds more like a bully than a sissy.