A step in the right direction?
The bustling metropolis of New Martinsville, W.Va, will hold an election this year. This is normal, says you; every two bit berg in the country holds those things every once in a while. Sure, says I; but what makes this particular irrelevant election so relevant is that the people have managed to arrange for an honest contest. The people may vote for the right candidate. The reason; no one will be running. The ballot will be empty.
The current mayor (the write in candidate who was elected in a landlide victory two years ago amidst a flurry of 19 votes) is working to dissolve the towns charter, which seems to annoy people by calling for regular elections. I for one applaud the apathy shown in West Virginia. Perhaps we should try the same system for the presidential elections. Submit an empty ballot. If people want a president, they can use thier brain machines to think of an actual name rather than pulling a lever (or whatever they do in those socialization tools they call election booths). We might end up with President Timberlake that way, but Im not sure that would be worse than Sheriff Bush.