It's official. I support Washington State Initiative 872. I blogged about this issue earlier prompting Libertarian candidate for Washington Secretary of State and former Washington LP chairman Jacqueline Passey to comment that it has produced terrible corruption in Louisiana and it restricts voter choice. It doesn't restrict voter choice, and it's probably not responsible for the corruption in Louisiana. Washington's primary election turnout is high, and will probably continue to be if this initiative passes. It doesn't restrict voter choice, it lets voters choose ANYONE THEY WANT - provided they are smart enough to pick up a primary election ballot. Most importantly, this system does not favor any one political party over any other political party, or even an independent candidate. If the Libertarian Party's opposition to this initiative is merely because Instant Runoff Voting is better, I can respect that (because it is better - much better), but I think it's better to vote now for the best measure on the ballot now, and vote for I-318 when and if it is on the ballot (there is now considerable doubt about whether we will meet the signature requirements for the 2005 ballot - I'd help collect if I was there!). In this election, I-872 is the ONLY electoral reform measure on the ballot. As a result of this, a vote against 872 is a vote for the current system, and the current system is terrible. Of course, 318's being better does not seem to be Ms. Passey's reason for opposing 872, and this smacks of the Washington Libertarian Party seeking to preserve and increase its (extremely limited) institutional power, which is profoundly un-libertarian. Under I-872, there will be no institutional reasons for Libertarian candidates not getting elected. If they fail to get elected, it will be only because the people chose not to vote for them (in the primary), and if that is our only problem, we can't work on it institutionally, we've got to simply change people's minds.
Incidentally, while I haven't decided exactly how I am going to vote yet, I have no other immediately obvious with the voting recomendations on the Libertarian Party of King County web-site which is posted on Ms. Passey's blog here. To all those reading: take a look at the voter information guide, take a look at the web, make an informed decision, VOTE, and vote smart.
(Hint on how to vote smart: Michael Badnarik for President!)Posted by Kenny at October 18, 2004 10:26 PM
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