A 2-Year Campaign Cycle

Campaign 2016
So campaigning for the Presidential election, still some time off in November 2016, has already begun in earnest in Washington, D.C.



With roughly 600 days to the election, we are going to be spending a lot of time and money leading-up to this thing. 



Are you excited about all the lead up and electioneering?



The Chicago Tribune did an interesting comparison of the U.S. and U.K. in this regard.



In 2008, the U.S. spent $1.7 billion on the campaign (and you can be sure this number is continuing to go up, up, and away) versus roughly $33 million imposed on each major party in the U.K. and an election announced in April for May–one month! 



While you can argue that one month is too short for such a major decision for a country…do we really need 20+ months and billions in media advertising to communicate the candidates’ points of view and to coalesce around our next President?



Perhaps spending more time actually accomplishing things for the country and it’s people during a President’s tenure would be a far better focus of our national attention and efforts than an near endless cheer of ra ra ra sis boom ba yay candidate!  😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Voting Firsts

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With voting, this was the first time I’ve ever:

– Voted early–even though it was on the last early voting day.

– Had to wait on any sort of real line to vote–this one was about 30 minutes long!

– Waited outside in the cold on a line snaking around the building–until the election volunteers had a heart and let us all in and out of the cold. 

– Had electioneering occurring right outside at tables and people handing out “information” until maybe 25 feet before the doors of the polling center–in the past, this activity was always kept far away and and they didn’t have the nerve to approach you as you were literally going inside the polling stations. 

– Got to sit down at a voting machine–always had to stand up previously, but from the sitting position and the “ergonomics” of the voting machine, you could hardly see them properly. 

– Had virtually no voting privacy–the machine faced the walls with the touch screens facing inward towards everyone else in the auditorium.

Despite all these voting firsts and most of them disappointing, the one voting first that I would have liked to see and didn’t was Internet voting, where we would usher voting into the 21st century with ease of voting, convenience, and privacy.

For some reason we can bank, shop, and pay taxes online, but to vote, we’re still stuck in the dark ages and it seemed like overall it was getting darker. 

(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)