The Va. primary ballot: Too many choices?


With all the hubbub surrounding the failure of most of the GOP presidential campaigns to make the Virginia primary ballot (either due to lack of effort, a failed system, a deep conspiracy or a reason to be named later), one common thread has emerged:

Virginia voters now lack choice on the ballot. This is bad and must be changed — either retroactively or, at minimum, very soon.

As much as I sympathize with this view, and my strong bias is toward ballot laws that allow wider choices than either the frick-and-frack Democrats or Republicans, there’s a strong argument to be made that allowing more choice, per se, is exactly the wrong way to go. Back in 2007, I wrote a piece for the old (and excellent) Bacon’s Rebellion e-zine on George Mason University professor Bryan Caplan’s book, “The Myth of the Rational Voter.

Caplan didn’t address ballot rules or primary voting specifically. He did, however, write about how voters can, and do, use their trips to the polls to render verdicts that would confuse Solomon:

[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]

Norman Leahy blogs at Bearing Drift. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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