Recently, I got an email from MoveOn, as I’m sure did many BMG regulars, asking me to vote on whether the organization should support Question 3. As a matter of principle, I support organizing and collective bargaining rights, and in practice I come down on labor’s side on most particular struggles. But ballot questions take us into the messy businness of legislating. On such matters I try to base my votes on more than habit or broad predispositions–and I realize that I have only the dimmest undestanding of the specifics of this proposal. I’ve read the materials in Galvin’s official ballot guide, but that tells me little about where this proposal comes from, how the new law would compare to practices elsewhere, etc. I teach political science, am active in campaigns, and still have a child in occasional daycare. So I figure that if I’m unclear, many more typical voters must be as well. I imagine this might even extend to BMG: while people probably arrive at this forum already having opinions or inclinations about fusion voting, I bet even some hardcore political junkies don’t know much about # 3. So I post this to recommend that the BMG Czars will present a forum like the one on Question 2. I also invite commentary from BMG denizens who know enough to make informed arguments for and against.
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