It happens very often that elections are won by non-voters. And every time there are complaints. Democracy is in crisis, said Giorgia Meloni. But the story
shows that in dictatorial systems oceanic crowds vote. Today, however, I would like to deepen a more down-to-earth theme. Because we are few to vote but we vote very often. And in a confusing way. Sometimes on two days, sometimes on one day. We almost never manage to combine different elections by creating the infamous election days. And if no one reaches 50 percent of the municipal councils, there is a further punishment, the second round.
Sometimes. Because it depends on the regions. Let’s face it: it’s like the talk of the glass half empty or half full. Commentators and politicians cry
because one in two Italians desert the polls. I am surprised that the other Italian of the two goes to the polling station even knowing that it will not help. The day after the elections we watch the news and we realize that everyone has won. And a galactic discouragement falls upon us: but if they have all won, what have we voted to do?
Elections are not sexy, we have to say that. How many things could we do instead of putting crosses? How many baths could we take in Rimini? How many walks in the Dolomites? How many trips to Venice instead of standing in line, respecting the distance, with the mask, then there is always someone who says that the nose must also be inside? So let’s do it damn! Let’s take courage in both hands and carry out the electoral revolution: voting by mail.
Let us abandon the secret of the urn and let us relax in the serenity of our living room. We open the ballot paper that was delivered to us in the mailbox, we put our good crosses, we close the envelope with a nice lick, we put the stamp and go, calmly and freely, we deposit it in the mailbox.
In Switzerland, where they did, there was an increase of 15 per cent (in Geneva, so to speak, of 50 per cent). I know, there are some drawbacks, the secrecy of the vote is a bit sacrificed. Husbands can put their beak in wives’ decisions, parents in children’s decisions. Party secretaries could organize nice rallies in the sections for a collective and public vote. But you can’t have it all. And then, alternatively, there is always electronic voting, which has already been implemented on an experimental basis in some regions. Come on, if you want the ocean crowds, give us a hand. We are tired of sacrificing our weekends to make Salvini and Letta happy.
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