Thursday, February 12, 2015
A VOTING SUGGESTION
If you are concerned because of the overload of "opposition" candidates for Executive Board, here's one thing you can do: Vote ONLY for those you want to get in. You do not need to vote for the maximum number; in fact, this can hurt your cause.
Limiting your votes helps because it results in your "good candidates" outpacing all the "bad candidates" by (your) one vote. Multiply this by fifty or a hundred voters and it can be a pretty effective voting strategy.
If, on the other hand, you vote for five candidates you like and five you don't like, the five you don't like are simply keeping pace with the five you do like.
Let's say your vote was the last one to be tallied, and let's say that before your vote was counted, Candidate A (good guy) was trailing Candidate B (bad guy) by one vote. If you vote for both, Candidate A loses. But if you vote ONLY for Candidate A, it's a tie. And if two of you should do this and vote only for Candidate A, he wins.
I put a blurb on the blog to this effect two years ago during an election period, and the opposition cried "Foul! Unfair!" That's nonsense. It isn't unfair at all—it's perfectly legal and intelligent voting, and done all the time.