If elected Governor of Oregon, one of the electoral reforms I would seek would be the naming and listing of number of votes of any write-in candidate receiving five or more votes in the official election results. Currently, only the total number of “other” votes is recorded, not who received them or how many. I would also seek to require disclosure of the total number of people receiving less than five votes. If the five vote threshold proved cumbersome due to large numbers of write-in candidates, then the threshold could be raised as high as twelve, the number of members of a jury.
This measure is clearly in the Public Interest as part of the electorate’s Right to know the results of its democratic elections. Obviously, this is a transparency issue, but it has never been raised by the Democrats or Republicans, both of whom claim they are for that same transparency in government. But a Libertarian is the one who is finally getting around to proposing it.
Obviously, if one candidate on the ballot gets 10,000 votes, his rival gets 8,000, and “other” gets 500 votes, it is important for those who voted for an “other” candidate to know how many votes their candidate got. But no one complains about this violation of the Right to Know, which is why I’m bringing it up. Did Joe Writein, whom I voted for, get 499 of those 500 votes, or did 25 candidates get 20 votes each? It is important to know, and doubly important for those in minor parties, or who support Independent write-in candidates, for that is the only way they can gauge the efficacy of their campaigning. And for that reason, we can clearly see why the two wings of the major Fascist party don’t want the people to know those results. This lack of democracy doesn’t seem to bother the Democrats, who are always braying about their love of Democracy and the little guy. I wonder why they don’t bray about this affront to democratic elections?
No, let’s smash this Fascist curtain of obfuscation, and bring the election results into the light of day.
Let’s list complete election results to insure democratic elections.
Paul Grad, Libertarian Nominee for Oregon Governor