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Thursday, November 10, 2005
  Outcome Based Elections
Dan Hallagan provides us with more analysis of the "Reform Ohio Now" amendments to the Ohio Constitution...

Much like my previous writing on this, if they cannot win elections on merit, they'll change the rules. Rules like

"There is no more election 'day.' Anytime, anywhere and for any reason as decided by a nine-member board and for 35 days prior to the election, you can vote."

And my favorite

"If any redistricting plans submitted by anyone don’t measure up, the commission develops and implements its own plan."

The basics of it boils down to "Outcome Based Elections."

Outcome-based education (OBE) is an educational philosophy that states that education ought to be aimed at producing particular educational outcomes (Wikipedia Encyclopedia). The language from the abovementioned bill is an example of Outcome-based elections, which is an electoral philosophy: elections ought to be aimed at producing a particular kind of electoral outcome. If you subject yourself to the full language of the amendment, you will find that this is a proposal that will require by law for elections to be close. In what other way can one describe an amendment that actually defines these terms:
"average partisan index"
"measure of competition"
"competitive district"
"balanced competitive district"
"unbalanced uncompetitive district"
"competitiveness number"


In the end, the liberal groups behind Issues 2, 3, 4, and 5 have conceded that they cannot win elections on merit in an absolutely critical state. So they want to change the rules. Don’t let them.
 
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