Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Amen OTR, Amen!

From On the Right:

The Lexington Herald-Liberal is reporting that there is renewed interest in the repealing the state's primary runoff election law because "wealthy candidates" in both parties have entered this year's race for Governor.

Under current state law the top vote-getter's in the May primary must receive at least 40% of the vote to avoid a runoff between the two top finishers a month later.Supporters of repeal argue the runoff system favors rich candidates who can self-finance a runoff. I believe the current runoff system should not be changed for the 2007 election cycle as it would constitute changing the rules in the middle of the game and possibly result in the nomination of a candidate with less than a majority of those voting.

Primaries in Kentucky have notoriously low turnouts (10-20 % of registered voters) which means that a minority of a minority of those eligible to vote could determine the election.Bruce Lunsford's ill-fated last campaign in 2003 demonstrated that you can't buy an election even if you have more money than God and are willing to waste it on a quixotic attempt to put the word Governor before your name!

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