"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

The coming phony "election" in Virginia - Most districts have only one candidate on ballot

The American Sheeple
Mindlessly Vote For Their Masters

  • For years I have been a critic of America's pretend "elections".  Between gerrymandering and special interest cash our "elections" see voters from most segments of society going without representation.
  • A Man Without a Party  -  In my case I am a Conservative RINO.  I have no political party.  The big government loving, open borders GOP has moved so far to the left that my views have nearly zero representation in my state legislature or Congress.  But worse, because of the corrupt election system there is next to no chance I will ever have representation.

(NBC News)  -  All 140 seats of the Virginia General Assembly are up for election next month, but many voters won't have much of a choice at the ballot box on Election Day.
Less than half of contests for state Legislature will have more than one candidate, and only a small percentage of contested races are expected to be close.
For critics of the state's current electoral map, the lack of meaningful competition is largely a symptom of what they say are unfairly drawn maps designed to benefit incumbents.
"Today with gerrymandered districts, good people aren't running,'' said Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

The so-called "elections" in Virginia are so rigged that the majority
of seats have only one candidate on the ballot.
In the state Senate, 22 out of 40 races have more than one candidate, but only six are expected to be close. In the House, only 38 out of 100 have two or more candidates, with only a handful expected to be competitive.
The chief architect of the 2011 Republican legislative redistricting plan testified in federal court earlier this year that raw political self-interest was at work when the maps were being drawn. Del. S. Chris Jones testified that he tried to accommodate requests from 75 to 80 delegates who sought to tweak lines, sometimes to draw out precincts where they had historically performed poorly or to draw out a potential primary challenger.
But those requests were made by Republicans and Democrats alike, and GOP lawmakers dispute that the current map is squelching competition.
Republican Del. Greg Habeeb, said there are many factors that explain the lack of competition, and a lack of effort by the Democratic Party to recruit candidates is one of them.
He noted that Republicans currently control more than a dozen House districts that President Barack Obama won in 2012. Some of those seats aren't being contested this year by Democrats.
"It's not our fault that Democrats choose not to run candidates,'' Habeeb said.

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Thanks to Ballot Access News for the heads up on this story

What Free Elections Look Like
The States of Germany have always been an example that Americans interested in free elections could follow.  (See example below)  Their system is far more open with seven political parties on the ballot of the state of Baden-Württemberg and four parties elected to office.

Like in all German states, elections in Baden-Württemberg follow the mixed member proportional representation. There are 70 constituency seats and at least 50 additional seats to be filled, making up a total of seats of at least 120.

The corrupt power of gerrmandering and special interest money is reduced and the process opened up to more segments of society.

If this system was adopted in the U.S. a real Conservative Party could be formed to compete directly with the corrupt left-wing GOP.

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