In an article about how the caucus’s discourage people from participating it makes a case, by it's arguments on how complicated caucuses can be, that voting should be an easy, no stress or effort process. As I stated in previous posts, I have participated in the Iowa caucus (since I grew up there) on several occasions and found the caucus experience one of the defining moments in fostering my interest in politics. The theory that we should make it easier for voters in the US is such hog wash that it tends to get my blood a boiling. The convention and caucus system were created so THAT everyone would have a say (either individually or by representation) and is an efficient way to let your voice be heard. Not everything in this world that is worthwhile is easy and maybe the citizens of the US should give a little to the country that has afforded us so much….with that being said I do think our Presidential election should be a Federal holiday (I think we all would still be discouraged by voter turn out.) Just as I don’t understand the “undecided” voter’s quoted in polls I will never understand the disenfranchised voter that wants everything given to them on a silver platter to be able to do the one thing that is so easy to do here in the US and that people in IRAQ and elsewhere are willing to die to vote against the toughest of conditions. Interesting quotes:
As in years past, voters must present themselves in person, at a specific hour, and stay for as long as two. And if this caucus is anything like prior ones, only a tiny percentage of Iowans will participate. In 2000, the last year in which both parties held caucuses, 59,000 Democrats and 87,000 Republicans voted, in a state with 2.9 million people. In 2004, 124,000 people turned out for the Democratic caucuses.
Wow you have to show up on time, that tough.
"It disenfranchises certain voters or makes them make choices between putting food on the table and caucusing," said Tom Lindsey, a high school teacher in Iowa City. He plans to attend this year, but his neighbors include a cook who cannot slip away from his restaurant job Thursday night and a mother who must care for her autistic child.
If you vote for a person and they get the nomination and win and they raise taxes for example, the cook might not have a job to even go too… what’s more important.
Read article here: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/01/01/america/vote.php