Must be nice to live in a country with one set of voting rules for everyone and not have to deal with the assorted, cruel whims of asshole state legislators. Maybe we could do that here, champ. https://t.co/Q9YpQKcksM
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) April 10, 2022
Apart from the fact that Sunday’s ‘election’ was a primary — the winners of the run-off compete again in a couple of weeks — there’s the fact that America has almost five times the population of France, with a much wider geographical distribution. And then there’s the whole ‘Electoral College‘ and ‘Republican thimble-rigging‘ issues!
JD is right. We should be like the French. Elections should be governed by federal law to ensure standard voting procedures and reporting no matter where you are in the country. Also, elections should be on Sunday. https://t.co/pFshS8V1py
— bearistotle (@gnrosenberg) April 10, 2022
And a girlfriend who lives in Canada.
— Dan Davis (@Bindlestaff) April 10, 2022
i would also like to abolish the electoral college and move to a national popular vote with run-off voting (preferably some form of ranked-choice), along with national standards for voting registration and ballot access https://t.co/MI9JZBSBHK
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) April 10, 2022
It's ironic that "America First" candidates — and their corporate Republican allies — are the reason our government is so much worse at doing things than other wealthy governments.
— Max Berger (@maxberger) April 10, 2022
look in a civilized country it's certainly true that J.D. Vance would have lost his primary already.
— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) April 10, 2022
And for all his puffy self-importance (and Peter Thiel’s big-dollar backing), Vance is still trailing this dude, because Republicans prefer their bigots shameless and stupid…
Josh Mandel: A broken record of lies. pic.twitter.com/QUBFyotcbL
— The Republican Accountability Project (@AccountableGOP) April 11, 2022
As a former Michigander, I can only add: LOL, Ohio.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
Pish. Oh wait, I mean, tu blague? France, a first world country? They don’t even have medical bankruptcies there.
I’m assuming this is preparation for a challenge after Vance loses the primary, claiming either unfair rules or outright fraud. Though, given it’s a Republican primary, he would have a point.
A main contributing reason is that there is only one office on the ballot: we were voting for one candidate: the president, not senators, congressmen, governors, state legislators, ballot propositions, county sheriffs, transit district representatives, mosquito abatement taxes, local tax bonds, and the school board. You vote for one person, using consistent sized pre-printed sheets of paper with one name on it.
Mike in NC
I hope J. D. Vance ends up living in a cardboard carton in a skid row alleyway in Columbus, Ohio.
West of the Rockies
I don’t know why, but I dislike the word buddy the way some people dislike moist (or tasty).
And I detest Vance.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
Our Republicans wouldn’t do that in 2016. Of course, a lot of them were thrilled that trump won, once they figured out he didn’t mean it when he said he was going to raise taxes on the rich. And as I recall, that’s a stronger statement than Mélenchon made in 2017
My sister the Republican was all hot to cut taxes and then complained when the taxpayer funded public library had to cut their hours. Cause and effect, actions have consequences. It’s a complex concept.
@Mike in NC: Oh, please. Columbus deserves a better class of homeless people than that evil weasel Vance.
@Mike in NC:
What do you have against Columbus?
I lived and worked there for over 10 yrs and survived! OK outside the 270 but still – Columbus.
It’s a complex concept.
It’s only complex to people who don’t want to understand and think their greatness excuses them from paying for crap they want or need. So it’s only complex for republicans.
What Have The Romans Ever Done for Us?
JD Vance has lost the plot…I mean, an American Conservative calling “Socialist dysfunctional effeminate” France of all places a first world country while bashing the US is…I mean, his campaign is going no-where if he can’t follow the propaganda plot better than that. Next thing you know he’ll be talking about how a buddy in Sweden got amazing health care for free and how that’s a mark of a real first world country.
My husband volunteered to count votes in our French city hall on Sunday after the election. The experience lacked the American touch of spittle-flecked right-wingers pounding on the doors and windows, screaming that the ballot boxes had been stuffed by pedophiles, but it was fun nonetheless! (I’m not a French citizen, just a long-term resident, so I wasn’t eligible to join him, unfortunately).
By the way, voter ID is required, but that’s because national ID is required in your life, so you just use that as your ID. The way voting works here is interesting. You stop at a desk on the way in, where there are pieces of paper, each one with the name of a candidate. You take at least two, and an envelope, and go into the voting booth. In the booth, you put the paper that has the name of the person you’re voting for. Then you come out and go to the desk, show your ID, and sign the election roll. Then you drop your envelope in the box and the poll worker calls out “Ms. Smith has voted! ” And that’s that.
Absentee voting, however, is much more complicated (you have to arrange a vote by proxy) and vote-by-mail is not allowed, so there are some definite disadvantages.
Anonymous At Work
US Election System explained: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFOvldn_IRw
Mike in NC
Vance should have called his book “Hillbilly Scumbag”.