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Re: Elections in the USA

Postby md0 » 2020-11-09, 16:37

And what's the reason the run-off elections are so far apart?
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Re: Elections in the USA

Postby linguoboy » 2020-11-09, 17:35

TheStrayCat wrote:In most states, each party nominates one candidate chosen through a primary election, and the one who gets the most votes in the general election (not necessarily more than 50%) wins. In some states, however, the election system is more similar to that of European countries - first multiple candidates run together and if no one gets 50%, the first two proceed to the run-off. Georgia is one of these states; there are also Louisiana, California and possibly some others (not sure).

The term of art for this arrangement seems to be "nonpartisan blanket primary", but "jungle primary" is the term you'll see used most often by the media.

Incidentally, the prognosis isn't good for Democrats in those runoff elections. They're notoriously worse than Republicans in achieving good turnout in anything but general elections. Democratic voters showed up in historic numbers to vote against Trump last Tuesday and still failed to elect those Senators outright. I'm already bracing for the loss of the Senate.
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Re: Elections in the USA

Postby Gormur » 2020-11-09, 17:52

This was my first time voting and I don't care what happens with these people. My politics are basically anarcho-capitalistic so there wasn't anybody out of the 12 who looked interesting to me. I just did it because I could as I know the Senate decides quite a bit anyway, which I have no control over

I understand the system. I just don't like it, so fuck everybody I guess :hmm: :)
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Re: Elections in the USA

Postby linguoboy » 2020-11-09, 19:08

Gormur wrote:I understand the system. I just don't like it, so fuck everybody I guess :hmm: :)

Thanks for sharing?
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Re: Elections in the USA

Postby Gormur » 2020-11-09, 20:37

linguoboy wrote:
Gormur wrote:I understand the system. I just don't like it, so fuck everybody I guess :hmm: :)

Thanks for sharing?
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Re: Elections in the USA

Postby vijayjohn » 2020-11-09, 21:19

This was actually the first time I failed to vote, and honestly, I think I've lost my enthusiasm for American presidential elections now. What even is the point anymore? Either Chump was going to win and be happy(?), or he was going to lose and make a fuss over it. Either way, he is supported by large numbers of people in the US and abroad and even by some of my own relatives. He and his supporters can, and I believe almost certainly will, still make the situation a lot worse.

The real victor in the US at this point is neither Chump nor Biden but bigotry. It won by a landslide long before the elections even started. I guess We're Number One after all. We're Number One at contracting and spreading COVID-19. The situation in the US is already extremely dangerous no matter which way you slice it, and it's bound to only get worse.

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Re: Elections in the USA

Postby Dormouse559 » 2020-11-10, 1:19

linguoboy wrote:
TheStrayCat wrote:In most states, each party nominates one candidate chosen through a primary election, and the one who gets the most votes in the general election (not necessarily more than 50%) wins. In some states, however, the election system is more similar to that of European countries - first multiple candidates run together and if no one gets 50%, the first two proceed to the run-off. Georgia is one of these states; there are also Louisiana, California and possibly some others (not sure).

The term of art for this arrangement seems to be "nonpartisan blanket primary", but "jungle primary" is the term you'll see used most often by the media.

To add to that, a common term in California for the system is "top-two primary". That was the name used in the ballot initiative that set up the format here.
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