Posted by: mdmusingsie | February 9, 2020

Voting Day

Now that I’m an Irish Citizen, I have full voting rights and voted for the first time on Saturday February 8th, 2020.

Back in 2016 (the last big election) I wrote a post about the Irish voting system, which in regards to the election period is far superior to the American system (which is lengthening as time moves on to be close to the entire 4 year cycle), but the vote counting itself is far more complex.

I’ll bet many Americans would love to have only a 3 week campaign period with no attack ads.  There are televised debates and each party gets an approximately 5 minute “public service-type” announcement that’s follows the evening news (each party on a separate day).

Think of the billions of dollars that are saved every election. How many schools could that build in the US with the money from elections?  How many teachers hired?  How many police and fire fighters?  How many school lunches and homeless shelters?

There’s still plenty of party bickering over here – I don’t think there is a perfect system, but I’m grateful to have the opportunity to make an informed choice as to who I think could best lead the country.  I hope as the US election nears in November, that my friends, family, and fellow citizens (I’m still an American Citizen as the US doesn’t recognize dual citizenship) make their own informed choices (just the facts, Mam, please).


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