Political hodgepodge

Jessica Lewis

Finding a person who understands all of the intricacies of the voting system in the United States is like trying to find a winged unicorn that can sing, dance and grant wishes. It’s nearly impossible, and I have to wonder if the reasons for the intricacies aren’t a little out dated and frankly, ridiculous.

This year I will have the chance to vote in my second presidential election, and since that critical first vote, I’ve picked up a lot of little tidbits about primaries, caucuses, delegates, super delegates and the electoral college system. Do I understand why it works the way it does? Not a chance.

When you write a newspaper article, your always encouraged to remember your audience and write so people can figure out what you’re talking about. I don’t understand why politics doesn’t have the same guidelines.

Instead of having primaries and caucuses months apart all over the country, why can’t we designate one day (or week or month) and schedule all the races for that day. (I know it would cut down on all the campaign stops and heart to hearts in each area, but it would also cut down on some of the money that is thrown away on campaign ads and mud slinging and foolishness.)

Why can’t both parties take that first step toward bipartisan relations by agreeing to the same rules. (Does a primary winner take all of a state’s delegates or a proportion based on the percent of the votes they received? Are primaries open or restricted by parties.) I don’t think the world would end if Democrats and Republicans agreed on the basic rules that run the system.

Would it destroy Democracy if we were to have a system that made sense to the average person? Would it really be so bad if it didn’t require 3-D pie charts, touch screen computers and eight hours for the anchors on MSNBC to explain why a candidate is in the lead?

I know there are a lot of reasons for the way things are done. I know the system is meant to protect smaller states from being looked over during election season, but there has to be an easier way.