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Thursday, June 10, 2004

Now THAT'S What I Call a Protest Vote 

Although you probably missed it, the Green Party has been holding its own presidential primary in advance of its national convention in Milwaukee (yes, Milwaukee) later this month.

But it hasn't been all tree-hugging and country-ruining for the Greens. Recently, the party of Republican dupes faced a terrible quandary, a case of tremendous national importance which had to be sent to the courts to decide:
On June 4, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals ordered the Board of Elections to count the write-ins cast in the Green Party's presidential primary earlier this year. Best v DC Board of Elections, no. 04-AA-45. The District had refused to count write-ins for president in the Green Party's presidential primary. The results had been: David Cobb 142, write-ins 123, Sheila Bilyeu 71, no candidate 50.
Presumably, the reason for the challenge was that the Greens don't have a winner-of-the-state-takes-all system for nominating delegates. Clearly, if a single candidate (say, Ralph Nader) had gotten most or all of the write-in votes, the DC Court's decision would have a significant effect on the composition of the DC delegation to the Green Party convention. But I'd like to point out and make fun of the tiny number of participants in this fringe exercise in democracy.

I'd also like to register just how impressed I am at the 50 people in DC who bothered to register with the Green Party, bothered to show up to vote in the primary, and then did not select a candidate to vote for.

Now THAT'S a protest vote.

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