End the Prolonged Election Cycle

Posted By on August 3, 2016

An 1846 painting, The County Election by George Caleb Bingham, showing a polling judge administering an oath to a voter. Source: Wikipedia

The American Public is frustrated. It’s bad enough that since the latter part of the twentieth century, we’ve been bombarded every election cycle with non-stop television and radio coverage of national politics. Now we have to endure the vitriol of millions of zealots on social media, who have lost their identity to a political or religious ideology. For those of us in the reasoned minority, which shrinks with every election cycle, it’s overwhelming.

One step the American people could take is to demand a shorter election season. We are dragged through this hot mess every cycle, and it lasts for months, if not years. This lengthy process was necessary in the 18th, 19th, and for the first part of the 20th centuries, but thanks to innovations in communication, information travels much faster and more efficiently in the 21st century. There is no reason for such a lengthy election cycle now. The only ones who profit from this high-dollar nastiness are the news media, social media shareholders, and politicians. The rest of us lose, big time. The constant bombardment interferes with our productivity and our sense of self. Enough already.

The States have constitutional authority to regulate non-federal elections. The federal government, likewise, has the authority to regulate federal elections. In each case, the legislature could draft and pass a bill shortening the election cycle. Take a moment to contact your representatives and voice your dissatisfaction with the current length of the election cycle. Talk to your like-minded friends and colleagues, even the ones who don’t support your candidate. If we want real change, we’re going to have to do it ourselves.

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