Counting Every Vote?

Megan McArdle:

I don’t want to hear one more word from Democrats saying that all they really wanted in Florida was to “count every vote” unless they are willing to stridently condemn their party’s current efforts to keep Ralph Nader off the ballot.

Of course, this is different, in that it helps Democrats.

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  1. Dave says:

    Keeping someone off the ballot (as you put it) by enforcing the rules of the state and not counting fraudulent signatures that do not comply with the state rules is far different than wanting every registered voter who votes to have their vote counted.

    Even in those states where Nader is not on the ballot, the Nader supporters have options to have their vote counted on Nov 2.

    They can write in Nader’s name on the ballot.

    They can register a protest vote with another candidate (probably the Green Party candidate would do since that is the true political leanings of most Nader supporters).

    Vote for GW Bush in protest.

    Nobody is stopping any of the Nader voter supporters votes from counting from ensuring a legal process.