If I Can VOTE from Iceland…

4 11 2012

Usually I prefer to not preach. But seriously, please get out and vote on November 6th!!! I had to plan months in advance to ensure that I could exercise my civic duty, so I hope that you can simply get down to your local polling place. There is no excuse not to vote (even if you live in near the arctic circle)!

And there it goes… “Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

The world is watching, from Al Jezeera to BBC and from France to the Philippines. And people here are talking too. Icelanders know the issues and the system, perhaps even better than some Americans do.

In Iceland, voter turnout is over 85%. No Joke. Iceland is a constitutional republic with a multi-party system. The head of state is the President. Like the USA, the president is elected for a term of four years, but with no term limit (the current just got elected to his 5th term this year). However, in Iceland it is by direct popular vote. Executive power is exercised by the Government and many positions we think are always elected are appointments (mayors for example). Iceland is arguably the world’s oldest parliamentary democracy, with the Parliment (Althingi), established in 930. Every fourth year the electorate chooses, by secret ballot, 63 representatives to sit in Althingi. Legislative power is vested in both the Parliament and the President. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature.

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