[TAG] OT: Too darned much democracy
bpm at idiom.com
Thu Jun 8 20:06:25 MSD 2006
On Wed, Jun 07, 2006 at 09:50:54PM -0700, Rick Moen wrote:
> Chez Moen is in the middle of a polity (Estados Unidos de Norte America)
> that just had a minor election. Taxonomically, we're in:
> [no city]
> County of San Mateo <- a corporation established by the state
> State of California <- smallest sovereign entity in this stack
> voting precinct #3402
> BushCo Empire (or whatever it's called, these days)
Thanks for the reference!
I worked this election the other day. I was at a precinct in
Redwood City. The polls were open 13 hours and we had 79 voters.
The precinct numbers are assigned by the counties - according to
the SecState http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/hava_introduction.htm
there are about 25,000 precincts in the state.
Note that although we have 5 supervisorial districts, everybody
in the county votes in all races. I'd never come across that
before moving to San Mateo county. According to
http://uncorked.wachob.com/node/45 we're one of two California
counties that does this.
> Having completed this labour, I'm struck by a couple of things:
> 1. That's a very large number of people to vote on. Ye gods!
> The American mania for voting on everything yet lives.
Most extreme example of this I've heard of was a friend in Chicago
who had to vote up or down on some 200 judicial races in Cook
County a couple of years ago.
Menlo Park, California
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