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Name: pluto
Subject: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: Reply to Pluto
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 8:55:46 AM
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RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: Reply to Pluto

Yes, a number of people are relieved that it was a break only, your help is much appreciated.

Interesting thoughts on postal voting Keno. Everyone here can apply for, and get a postal vote. No system is perfect though, and problems do crop up from time to time vis a vis postal voting. I have never used the system but would, if for example I was going to be out of the country on polling day, or wouldn't be able to make it to a polling station on the day, for any reason.

One of the obvious drawbacks with postal voting is, you are casting your vote well before polling day, so there is no way to change your mind once you've posted it. 'A week is a long time in politics', things can, and do, change rapidly in the run up to an election, but once your postal vote is in the letter box, that's it, you can't change it. I think most people voting these days are committed though, and will vote in a partisan way. However, in less polarised times, the 'floating' vote is important, if not crucial.

For whatever it's faults, I still regard the (antiquated) way we do it here as being as good as any. If you are registered to vote (There is no requirement to be registered to any political party, what is that all about), you turn up at the polling station, you are given your voting paper once your name has been crossed off the list of registered voters. You go into a booth, place your cross against a candidate, fold your paper, and slip it into a sealed box. When the polling stations close at 10 pm, the boxes are taken under guard to a designated counting area, opened, and the count begins, in full view of the public (that's the important bit).

I prefer the system I have described, but I recognise what you are saying about postal voting and turnout. If postal voting can be done all above board, and it leads to bigger voting turnout, then that can only be good for 'Democracy' you would think. If your democracy is broken at it's core in the way it returns candidates, as I think we both believe, then larger turnouts might not necessarily address that, however. I do believe in a general sense though that you are correct, low turnouts tend to suit the 'conservative' candidate. That would be just as true here.

As far as Trump and National Emergencies are concerned, that is already the reality is it not? Covid-19 has lead to the U.S. being in a state of National Emergency. If you are saying that Trump would need to declare another state of National Emergency come January, then that probably answers in big part what I was asking i.e. in that it would imply that there are checks, and balances, and time constraints, on increased Presidential power in a National Emergency.

Prior to this virus making an appearance, I would have said Trump was a stick on for a second term. How his handling of this virus is viewed by his core support may have a big bearing on the outcome, but maybe not. It's a fine line Trump has to walk. Getting the country going again might not be so easy, and if he does, which he has to, it is likely imo that the drive to 'Make America Great Again' (a pipe dream) will be played out against a backdrop of mounting piles of bodies. If his call to mainline bleach, pop hydroxychloroquine, and who knows what next week.... ....snort baking soda, maybe taken up in numbers by his supporters, then you might eventually get Joe in the big Casa Blanco...can hardly contain my excitement at that prospect. We will see.

I hear what you are saying about your book Keno. I have a copy, and the pictures are great, and it would a fine introduction to the Stones for a neophyte. However, it is a mere pamphlet, and not one you wanted to write. Let it serve as an introduction or foreword to the weighty tome the Rolling Stones Internet Community, crave, and deserve. Get on with it man, get it written, and stop prevaricating lol.

Well it's 3.40 pm, I'd better get out of bed, and go for my daily legal shuffle round the local park.

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