Comments on: Vote. Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:53:13 +0000 hourly 1 By: Anonymous Tue, 07 Nov 2006 22:06:00 +0000 I voted. Or at least I have a sticker that says so. This was my first time voting (a registration error in ’04 impeded me, it wouldn’t have mattered anyway in my district) and it was an interesting experience. I find referendums are the most important factor in democracy, yet they’re so densly worded that only an educated elit can really make sense of them. Therefore, the “I Voted” sticker becomes a sort of snobbery, if you want to look at it that way. Referendums need to be written without double negatives, without bias (such as stating a provision that could be deleted is obsolete as being previously ruled unconstitutional, it distracts from the actual content) and with specificity to the actual issue.

I used to think campaign finance and incumbency retention we’re the two biggest issues with democracy, but its really in the wording of referendums.