Alex: This election is going to be close!
Helen: I think you're right. The Republicans and the Democrats are fighting for every vote.
Alex: Did you watch the conventions?
Helen: Yes, I watched a little bit. The party platforms are extremely different.
Alex: Yes, they are! Watching them on TV, it was hard to believe they come from the same country!
Helen: Oh, it wasn't that bad.
Alex: Hmmm, anyway the delegates certainly clapped hard for their nominees.
Helen: But it was the same stump speech over and over again. In both parties!
Alex: That's what politicians do best. Talk ... the problem is whether they actually do very much.
Helen: Oh, you're a pessimist!
Alex: I wouldn't say that. It's just that I'm sick and tired of all the attack ads.
Helen: I see your point. It would be nice to know what they want to govern the country, rather than why they think the other guy isn't any good.
Alex: They treat us like idiots! I hate sound bites. Short simple statements that don't really give me much information. Treat me like I have a brain.
Helen: Some say we get what we deserve. Voter turnout is so low, perhaps we don't deserve any better.
Alex: But that's why people don't come out to vote. They don't feel represented even if they do vote.
Helen: I think we need a third party in this country.
Alex: I couldn't agree with you more!
Helen: Perhaps a third party would stop the partisanship.
Alex: Another thing that I don't think is fair is the electoral system.
Helen: No kidding! Just think, a state like California has 54 electoral votes. One vote majority in the popular vote and ALL of those 54 votes go to ONE candidate!
Alex: It just isn't fair.
Helen: Of course, there are reasons for that.
Alex: Hmmm. I guess ...
Helen: Are you a registered voter?
Alex: Of course! I'm a registered voter and I go to the voting booth to vote. I want that vote to represent my voice.
Helen: OK, OK, no need to give a speech.
Alex: Ha ha, I just think it's my duty as a citizen to vote.
Helen: Yes, I agree with you. If you can vote, vote!
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