Letters to the Editor

Faith in voting system lacking

Fantastic column, Senator Haugen (“Sound off,” Feb. 16). If only it could reach the eyes and ears of party leaders! I cannot count the number of people I know who take an active interest in politics but who don’t vote simply because of the reason you pointed out: They’ve no faith in the system.

Simplicity and transparency in the election process is such an obvious need that one almost wonders if it’s deliberately set up to dissuade the common lay person from actually participating. It seems that the caucus process only attracts the serious activists or “true believers” who are willing to coordinate their entire week around those couple hours of sparring to be heard. The average person who simply knows what he/she prefers in a candidate and has ordinary, everyday concerns to focus on, is not likely to put the caucus process top priority, and so, is not “heard.”

What results is a meaningless two-party system headed by people who were “elected” by only a fraction of citizens. Representing “the little guy” is a joke in our system; impossible, actually. Winston Churchill was dead on when he said: “There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion.”

Ellie Peck

Oak Harbor

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