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Saturday, October 30, 2004

Election Reform in Colorado Looking Bad

posted by Jazz at 10/30/2004 10:24:00 AM

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Take a peek at this recent entry from Taegan Goddard at Political Wire. Apparently voter support for a reform of national election law there is fading fast. They sought to change the process such that the state's nine electoral votes would be split among the candidates based on their respective showings in the popular vote.

Of particular interest is where the opposition to this reform is coming from. Democrats, liberals, and Kerry supporters seem somewhat split on the idea, with 45% in favor, compared to 37% opposing and 18% on the fence. Among Bush supporters, however, 76% oppose it with only 15% supporting it.

This begs one question: is this an indication that Bush supporters honestly believe that their candidate is incapable of winning an election if all the votes are counted fairly and all the population's views are equally represented? Much has been made lately of the fundamental differences in thinking and information processing between liberals and conservatives. This dates back to the earliest psychological profiles of "left brain" vs. "right brain" thinkers. What we're seeing here could simply be a political extrapolation of these inherited differences.