Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ron Paul on the Ballot?

Although he formally ended his campaign for the Presidency months ago, Dr. Ron Paul is going to be on the Presidential ballot this November in 2 states. In both Louisiana and Montana, voters will have the chance to vote for Ron Paul. Paul won the Louisiana Republican caucus, but, through a series of convoluded actions by the GOP, was denied all of the delegates to the convention from Louisiana. He also did well in the Montana primary.

Would that he were on the ballot in Alabama! Then, I might be able to vote my conscience. Alabama, however, has some of the most draconian and exclusive ballot access laws this side of a communist country. I've been told our so-called 'sore-loser' law prevents anyone from switching parties to run for any office in a general election for which they lost a primary. This means Ron Paul couldn't be on our ballot, nor could he be written-in.

It would be great to see Dr. Paul win a state. Paul came in 2nd in the Nevada primary. Maybe he'll be on the ballot there, too. He won't win, only being on the ballot in 2 or 3 states, but it would make a statement. I haven't decided, yet, as to how to spend my vote. I'm leaning towards Chuck Baldwin, but I'm also considering Bob Barr. Heck, I might just write in Ron Paul, anyway!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don here:

You said, “…..Ron Paul couldn't be on our ballot, nor could he be written-in.” Are you certain you can’t write in his name on your ballot?

Just between you and me, this is how I look at it.

[1] The only way I would vote for McCain is if it seems likely that Obama will carry Alabama, in which case I would be voting AGAINST Obama. I don't think that's likely to happen.
[2] Either Obama or McCain will win the presidency. It will probably be Obama.
[3] The two major parties (you might say one major party, because there's not a dime's worth of difference between them now) and this country's mainstream media need to be sent the message that millions of voters are fed up with the 2 party system, it's stranglehold on government and elections, and the candidates it puts on the ballot.
[4] Since "None of the above" doesn't appear on most ballots we need another way to send that message.
[5] None of the minor party candidates stands a chance to win.
[6] Congressman Ron Paul, who was my choice for the presidency, suggested a few weeks ago that the message could be sent by voting for ANY of the minor party candidates or even writing in a valid name of anyone. All of those votes, added together, would send that message. Hopefully it will be heard and not ignored by media and the two major parties.
[7] I plan to vote a vote of conscience for the person I believe is best qualified to govern in these difficult economic times, and to govern in accordance with the US Constitution, by writing in Ron Paul on my ballot. I kept my Ron Paul yard signs and am preparing to add a piece at the top of them that says "WRITE IN" and put them back out.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Tonewah said...

Hi Don,

The way I understand it, you can write in ANY name on the ballot, but, unless the candidate has met certain requirements prior to the election, the vote won't be counted.

I gave up voting against people in 2002. You always lose. Sadly, you are most likely correct about either Obama or McCain taking the Presidency. Only a miracle at the level of moving mountains would change that.

I like Chuck Baldwin, but I'm not too crazy about his running mate, Castle. That's why I'm considering writing in Ron Paul. Bob Barr probably won't get my vote, mostly because I haven't really seen him try to get attention or votes.

I'd like to see all of the candidates for president follow the big 2 media annointed candidates around challenging them to debates at every stop. The American people deserve that, at the very least.

9:04 PM  

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