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Saturday Six #414

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone.

I am sorry to report that I am not the particular Patrick being honored. I’m even more sorry to report that I often have less-than-saintly moments, though I am trying to work on that.

In any case, given that there is a day being celebrated that happens to honor someone who has the same name I do, I’ll at least consider it an honor that you chose to spend part of it here at my silly little blog.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy this week’s questions!

Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and keep the conversation going!

Here are this week’s “Saturday Six” questions. Either answer the questions in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog… But don’t forget to leave a link to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!

1. No matter what political platform you support, how sure are you at this point of who you want to vote for?

2. On average, how close to the presidential election do you generally decide for certain who is getting your vote?

3. What is the single biggest issue that you hope our next president will solve?

4. What is the single biggest campaign issue that you wish candidates would just shut up about?

5. Should the country ideally have three primary political parties instead of two, or do you think this would only “spoil” the vote by taking too many votes away from one party so that the opposing one would win the White House?

6. If your state offered an online voting program so that you could vote at home without ever going to a local polling place, would you be more likely to vote or would you be just as likely to vote as you already are?

If you have a Reader’s Choice question you’d like to see asked (and answered), send me an email! I’d love to include it in a future edition of the Saturday Six.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.

7 Comments

  • Since I don’t live in the States anymore and I haven’t kept up with the political goings-on on that side of the pond, I am going to answer these questions as if you were referring to the election for the Finnish president, which just took place last month.
     
    1. No matter what political platform you support, how sure are you at this point of who you want to vote for?
    I was not sure at all, because there were like 9 prospective candidates, and each of course from a different party. I made my decision for the first round based solely on who I thought might stand the best chance of beating the hardcore right-wing candidate. Not the best reason to vote for someone, but I really didn’t want the right-winger as a candidate on the second round.
     
    2. On average, how close to the presidential election do you generally decide for certain who is getting your vote?
    Back when Obama first ran, I knew from the get-go that I would vote for him if I were allowed to, based solely on him being a Democrat. I didn’t agree with everything he said, but the anti-choice, anti-gay stance of the GOP is a no-go for me. For the Finnish election, I made my decision a day or two before I voted.
     
    3. What is the single biggest issue that you hope our next president will solve?
    In America? I would love to say gay marriage, but that’s not up to the president. (Btw when do you capitalize ‘president’ and when do you not?) I’d like to see Obama – or whoever might beat him – to focus on foreign policy, particularly on keeping the States from getting dragged into yet another war.
     
    In Finland? Close the purse strings when it comes to throwing our Euros at Greece.
     
    4. What is the single biggest campaign issue that you wish candidates would just shut up about?
    The second candidate was gay. He was married to a hairdresser from Ecuador. So he’s gay. So he’s married to a hairdresser from Ecuador. I think I got it already. (He lost.)
     
    5. Should the country ideally have three primary political parties instead of two, or do you think this would only “spoil” the vote by taking too many votes away from one party so that the opposing one would win the White House?
     
    I don’t know. In Finland, we have 15 registered parties, including the Communist Party. I’ve never really warmed up to the two-party system in the States, but that doesn’t mean it should be changed. The thing that bugs me about it is that it seems like whatever the issue, if one party picks one extreme stance on it, the other party automatically has to pick the other one. Surely two parties could find many issues on which they agree?
     
    6. If your state offered an online voting program so that you could vote at home without ever going to a local polling place, would you be more likely to vote or would you be just as likely to vote as you already are?
    Just as likely, I think, for the big elections. As for the “little ones”, local elections and so on, I would be more likely to vote on those.

  • <b>1. No matter what political platform you support, how sure are you at this point of who you want to vote for? </b>
    Very sure, and it is not any of the Republicans candidates
     
    <b>2. On average, how close to the presidential election do you generally decide for certain who is getting your vote? </b>
    I vote Democratic, I do not believe in any of the Republicans positions on birth control, the economy, the energy crisis, on women rights or on LGBT rights. The Republicans answer to the energy crisis is “Drill Baby Drill”.
     
    <b>3. What is the single biggest issue that you hope our next president will solve? </b>
    I think it is the economy and I think that the President is on the right track. They are digging out of the hole that the Republicans dug for us.
     
    <b>4. What is the single biggest campaign issue that you wish candidates would just shut up about? </b>
    None, I think the Republicans are digging their own grave. The more that they open their mouths the more they turn off the voter to the Republicans.
     
    <b>5. Should the country ideally have three primary political parties instead of two, or do you think this would only “spoil” the vote by taking too many votes away from one party so that the opposing one would win the White House? </b>
    I would vote for a third part on a local level, not on a national level until they have a chance of electing more than a couple of Congresspersons. I like what we do here in Connecticut, if a person is a candidate for party A and is also endorsed by party C, then that person would get the total votes of both party A and C. So, if you are dissatisfied with the two national parties, you can vote for the third party and not waste your vote.
     
    <b>6. If your state offered an online voting program so that you could vote at home without ever going to a local polling place, would you be more likely to vote or would you be just as likely to vote as you already are? </b>
    I do not believe in on-line voting, can you imagine the havoc that it would create if the voting site got hacked? How do you prove that the vote came from the voter and not someone else who stole the password or a hacker?

  • 1. No matter what political platform you support, how sure are you at this point of who you want to vote for?
    Completely sure
     
    2. On average, how close to the presidential election do you generally decide for certain who is getting your vote?
    As soon as I check out their stands on the issues that matter to me the most.
     
    3. What is the single biggest issue that you hope our next president will solve?
    Health care
     
    4. What is the single biggest campaign issue that you wish candidates would just shut up about?
    Can’t think of one.
     
    5. Should the country ideally have three primary political parties instead of two, or do you think this would only “spoil” the vote by taking too many votes away from one party so that the opposing one would win the White House?
    Yes, sometimes I think adding a third political party would be a good idea.
     
    6. If your state offered an online voting program so that you could vote at home without ever going to a local polling place, would you be more likely to vote or would you be just as likely to vote as you already are?
    I haven’t had to leave the house to vote in several years…we get early absentee ballots, which saves us time and headaches.
     

  • 1. No matter what political platform you support, how sure are you at this point of who you want to vote for?
     
    95%
     
    2. On average, how close to the presidential election do you generally decide for certain who is getting your vote?
     
    That depends on whether or not their is an incumbent.  If not, takes longer.
     
    3. What is the single biggest issue that you hope our next president will solve?
     
    The economy.
     
    4. What is the single biggest campaign issue that you wish candidates would just shut up about?
     
    Women’s reproductive rights.
     
    5. Should the country ideally have three primary political parties instead of two, or do you think this would only “spoil” the vote by taking too many votes away from one party so that the opposing one would win the White House?
     
    I don’t think it matters much.
     
     
    6. If your state offered an online voting program so that you could vote at home without ever going to a local polling place, would you be more likely to vote or would you be just as likely to vote as you already are?
     
    No change.
     

  • My answers are posted here: http://sweetmemes.blogspot.com/2012/03/patricks-place_17.html
     

  • 1. I don’t like any of my choices!
    2. If a majority of people vote for “none of the above” does that mean we get a do over with a whole new slate of candidates? (Please, please, please!)
    3. Fix the debt!
    4. Birth control: What year is it? 1960?
    5. Multi-party systems work in many parts of the world, but those places also have coalition governments. With our current system, they do tend to split the vote.
    6. My state offers everyone the ability to vote by mail. I trust that more than electronic voting.

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