Bell Curve The Law Talking Guy Raised by Republicans U.S. West
Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Undecided Voter Alert!

In the past, I have made fun of undecided voters, calling them all sorts of names. But now, I am one. I will be voting in the French presidential election this year and I do not know who to vote for. I think right now there are three semi-reasonable choices: socialist Segolene Royal, centrist Francois Bayrou, and right-wing Nicolas Sarkozy. Over the next few months I will be researching the candidates and posting my thoughts on this blog. Please feel free to use this post if you have anything to tell me at the outset of my research.


Anonymous said...

Curious. Is undecided status related to not having much of a stake in the outcome? 

// posted by LTG

Anonymous said...

It has a lot to do with the alignment of the political parties in France. The socialists are too far left for me. I think the right may be too far right. I am willing to give the centrist a chance but I don't know enough about his positions. I'll explain in more detail later. 

// posted by Bell Curve

Anonymous said...

Are you living in France now, Bell Curve, or planning to? Or are you choosing to excerise your vote because you've earned the right?

Good luck figuring out French politics. I think you first have to figure out what your priorities are in the election. Is it France's position in the EU, immigration, civil rights, taxes, employment, economic liberalization, the status of univeristy education, Foreign policy etc.

Because there is so much more that the central government directly controls in France, it is in some ways, much harder to vote. And then, you have to do it multiple times. I am curious Bell Curve, how that works. Do you literally vote twice, once in round 1 and then in round? Or do you rank your candidate choices? 

// posted by USWest

Anonymous said...

In French Presidential elections one votes twice. The two leading candidates from the first round compete in the second round. It's a lot like the LA mayoral elections.

I look forward to hearing about Bell Curve's decision! 

// posted by RBR

Anonymous said...

I understand how the overall system works. I am more interested in the actual mechanics of it. 

// posted by USWest

Anonymous said...

Sorry, I thought I had answered your question. There are two seperate votes.  

// posted by RBR

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