Initial Publication: 01-01-01 Latest Revision: 03-09-17 rls
Independent Voters Alliance (hamcoOHIVA)
Hamilton County OH
Political ID Card (A Civics100 Lesson)
Look at yourVoter ID Card from your local "board of elections." (The name of the place voters register differs by state.) In every case, the exact address where you maintain your legal residence largely determines who you are politically. Notice that the card is clearly a local card. The card specifies the exact place and address where you and 200 to 900 other voters can vote.
My IDcard showed my school, court, and electoral district numbers. My voting precinct was "CINCINNATI 21-D." "House Dist. 31" was my Ohio House of Representatives district. "Senate Dist. 09" was my Ohio Senate district. "Congress Dist. 1" was my U.S. Congress House of Representatives district. (I lived in Cincinnati 43 years, 1970 to 2013.)
CINCINNATI 21-Dwas the only physical location where I could legally vote either as a U.S. Citizen or as an Ohio citizen. The exact local polling place address is printed on the card.
ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL:We vote in all public office elections on local precinct ballots. We vote to elect two U.S. Senators from our state in offset six-year terms. We vote for the executive and legislative leaders of the governments we live under: local, county, state, and national. We vote for the President of the United States. We also vote on referendum issues and tax levies on local precinct ballots. All politics is local. All of our votes are cast in the votng precinct where we live at the moment. rls 2016
A voter ID card shows us who we are politically. Each time we change our legal residence our political identity changes. Voter registration information on our card is the key to the very limited power we share with other citizens in districts where we live.
However, the ID card does not limit what you can do politically. You can help elect nonpartisan candidates who are likely to represent a majority of your neighbors who share your political identity, your precinct home. Every public office holder elected by you and other voters in your local precinct affects the quality of life in your community.
Chances are if someone said "are you a Democrat or a Republican?" you would be among the 80% who say, "I vote for the person" or that "I am an independent." Since only two choices have been on most ballots for over a century, most people are forced to say, "I usually vote for 'democrats' or 'republicans.'"
You probably have a party preference, Democratic or Republican. You may have positive feelings about one party. You probably have negative feelings about one party or both. The feelings may be related to whether you favor "moneyed special interests" or "a democratic republic." We know the conventional wisdom about which side each party represents. However, both major parties now seem to represent only moneyed interests. Are both parties totally controlled from above by special interest money?
THE FACT IS, 80% OF REGISTERED VOTERS DO NOT SELF-IDENTIFY WITH EITHER OF THE TWO RECOGNIZED "MAJOR" PARTIES: If the parties are not a "majority" of voters, who are they a "majority" of? They are not a majority anywhere. Voter turnout runs from 12% to 49% with an occasional surge up to 65% when the "majority" parties do not have the only viable candidates on a ballot. The winner can get just half of the turnout votes, 6% to 33%. In the rare election with more than two candidates, elections can be won with a plurality (less than 50%); if the plurality is 40% of the votes cast, the election is won with the votes of less than 20% of the voter age population. Our elections are a very undemocratic bipartisan process.
In any election won with a "60% majority" of voter turnout, only 30% of the voter age population voted for the winner. Any election won by a large "majority" has probably been fixed by gerrymandering. Electoral district boundaries are changed to include more "likely voters" for candidates of one party. Almost all elections are "fixed" by the "two-party system."
Constant low election turnouts are a loud vote of no confidence in corrupt bipartisan government. Public policy is directed by the corrupt two party system. So the resounding vote of no confidence is actually against the "two-party system," which is identical with "corrupt government."
My vote, in the place I live, is my only influence on the way government operates. Public office holders I help elect formulate the laws that are passed. Do current laws make my life better on an equal basis with every other voter? Does every vote count as much as every other vote? Are the "equal protection provisions" of the U.S. Constitution met?
We are defined politically only by the elections we vote in and by the people who are elected to public office. Do our corrupt 99% re-elected Career Incumbent public servants (D & R politicians) consider the interests of all voters? Are your interests and my interests represented?
Under the monopoly "two-party system" we have, my only possible answers are a resounding "No." We are not represented.
You do not have to be bound by or limited to the non-choices presented on the ballot by the monopoly "two-party system." There are other options. You can help create more choices than are allowed in the Career Incumbent bipartisan two-party monopoly voting booth.
YOUR VOICE: You can use your right to petition to put more choices on every ballot. Then, we can have good reasons to vote. You can help select people to put on your ballot. You can then vote for candidates you select who do not put a political party first, or do not take money from campaign contributors who expect their interests to come first. You could even stand for public office yourself. You would represent your interests and the common interests of people in the nonpartisan super majority. You can create a more democratic republic for the people in your community.
In today's politics, your choices are limited. In stark contrast, the very wealthy are well represented and have better political results. The wealthy simply buy legislation and law that favors their special interests. They buy influence with political contributions, and make the paradoxical claim to be a "good citizen" supporting the "democratic" process. The very wealthy cast their votes with their checkbooks, for both incumbent monopoly parties. They rule. The wealthy have actual power through political access, no matter who wins bipartisan two-party elections. The wealthy always win every election. Our governments serve the "Billionaire" class.
Most of us are not wealthy citizens. In fact, people of modest means are a huge super majority. We have no direct access to political power. For 150 years, our votes have been owned by the "two-party system." The current two parties are the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Under them, our freedom is sold to the highest bidder for political campaign cash. Our votes give unlimited power to the two bipartisan monopoly political parties who sell control over our lives.
Our Elected Leaders
No Longer Honor the Sovereignty of Our People
~ Formally Declared in 1776 ~
While you are at the bottom level of our democratic republic, voting or not voting, the two national monopoly parties, the DNC and the RNC, are at the top buying career politicians with campaign funds. The monopoly bipartisan two-party system owns career incumbent politicians, our "public servants."
THE BAD NEWS: Both monopoly parties have had control for so long that they take our one vote for granted. Few people vote, so they control the people who do vote. Distorted radio and TV ads are used to brainwash "likely voters" to re-elect bipartisan incumbents. Voter turnout declines in each succeeding election. Bipartisan political leaders are concerned that two-party support is nearly non-existent, but they have little reason to fear losing power to nonpartisan independents or minor parties. Over 99% of bipartisan career incumbents have been re-elected for many decades.
Our widespread disgust with politics, our prolonged inactivity, protects the bipartisan "two-party system" from any loss of political power. (Top of Page)
The Good News: There are 100,000,000 unregistered age-eligible non-voters nationwide. They are nearly equal to 115,000,000 registered voters nationwide, of whom only 12% to 49% are likely to vote.
Do the math: 94% to 74% of all age-eligible voters do not vote or actively support any political party. With the truth well known, our silent majority could elect nonpartisan and minor party candidates we choose to every public office.
THE GOOD NEWS: Nonpartisan unorganized voters and non-voters elected every career incumbent now in public office. We are responsible for the mess in our corrupt bipartisan political system. GOOD NEWS! Organized nonpartisan IVA cooperative efforts can clean up politics from the bottom up. Up to you!
Two thousand years ago, a Roman Senator named Cicero said, "Freedom is participation in power." If we ever want to be free, we must participate in politics more fully than is allowed by our monopoly bipartisan "two-party system. We must become proactive good citizens.
If the two monopoly parties are an obvious poor choice, the only alternatives are nonpartisan and minor party candidates. Representation is available to voters through the growing nonpartisan independent political movement and minor parties.
Become a proactive registered voter, and encourage others to register. Use ballot access petitions to make elections competitive. Put more candidates, parties, and referendum issues on every ballot. Become an active part of the nonpartisan political process. Do not fight the system, be the system. (Your Voice)
Gain power for your life style choices, such as environmental health, fair trade, equal opportunity for all, true entrepreneurial free enterprise, and a more democratic republic.
Be a proactive petition circulator and Election Day participant.
Be a proactive citizen in your voting precinct.
A Little Effort — A Lot of Liberty
Welcome to the nonpartisan ballot access movement. Read the USAIVA web pages. Participate: cs2pr.us/hamco/usaiva
Local IVA Pages Guide:
(IVA Priority) Certify Petition Circulators
(Your Voice) Manage IVA Web Pages
(Your Voice) Meet ups, Coffees, and Speakers
(MEETING) (Saturday) (Monthly) (Not Required)
(Petitions/Web Pages) Nonpartisan Candidates on Your Ballot
(Initiative/Party) Active Petitions
(Nonpartisan Candidate) Can You Stand for Public Office? (Qualify at 18 yrs.) (Gen X, Y Issues)
(Your Privilege) Proactive Citizenship
(Directory) Countywide Local IVA Home Page Links
(Directory) Precinct Local IVA Home Page Links
(Download, Print) Local IVA Documents
(A Civics100 Lesson) THIS PAGE Political ID Card
(Links to Learning) Study Hall, Today's Politics
(Positive, Creative Blogs) Sounding Board (Improve the Politics We Live With)
(Referenda) Ohio Ballot Initiative Ideas Page
(Ohio Income Tax Credit) $50 for your Political Use
(hamco at cs2pr.us) Local IVA Email
(Directory) OHIVA Central Committee (Members Needed — Your Voice?)
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