Democrats Should Consider More Than Ballot Order With Their Nominations

Monday, August 11, 2014

Well good grief, it looks like the Tennessee state Democrats have done gone and done it again. Two years after nominating an anti-gay candidate to run against Senator Corker, now they have nominated of all people Charlie Brown for governor. Good ole Charlie's main platform is to put Governor Haslam in the electric chair and give him, "half a jolt." 

Further investigation reveals the only trait these two have in common is that their name appeared first on the ballot. It's fairly obvious that the Democrats, the party of opportunity for all, are discriminating against their candidates who have a last name that begins with a letter that occurs late in the alphabet. I guess if one's last name is Ziegler under current Democrat rules he would have no chance of winning a Democrat primary. 

Since Tennessee Democrat Chairman Roy Herron never misses an opportunity to make political points, I recommend the Party change its primary election procedures to provide equal opportunity for all their candidates. Rather than have their candidates listed in alphabetical order on a ballot I suggest that each precinct provide a dart board in a corner of the location. Each Democrat candidates names would have equal space on the board and the voter could throw a dart at the board and then vote for the candidate whose name his dart lands on. 

Of course there is another alternative. Democrats could actually do some research on their own candidates and decide who they want to vote for based on the candidates's stance on issues rather than blindly voting for the first name they see on the ballot. But that would be asking a lot of the party of the low information voter.  

Douglas Jones
Ooltewah


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