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Peter Principle and
Gang-Bang Voting

A writer made an observation about the limits to human management ability, the Peter Principle. One gets promoted based on a doing a good job. However, most people eventually get promoted to a level at which they can no longer productively solve the problems of that level. In effect, he said people eventually are promoted to their level of impotence. This is another way of stating that people differ in their ability or limits to manage information. (The Peter Principle not only applies to people but to organizations. As the history of mergers and acquistions show, corporations eventually grow to the point where they cannot manage their subsidiaries.)

The Peter Principle can be found within the voting process. In some states, local and state elections occur in different years or months than federal elections. In Virginia, state elections occur in odd rather than even years. Until 2002, city elections were in the Spring alone rather than in the Fall conjoined. The reason for marrying the city with the state elections was to increase voter turnout. The results are an example of the Peter Principle with the average voter being overwhelmed with too many offices and candidates to manage. If you asked the average voter which encourages them to vote, a single-page or four-page ballot, what do you think the answer would be? Who do you think benefits from voter confusion, incumbents or challengers? Habitual politicians have a record of screwing constituents. This electoral change to take advantage of the Peter Principle to benefit the habitual politicians should be known as Gang-Bang Voting, the incumbents ganging up to screw the voters, citizens and taxpayers.

For more information on voting problems and reform, visit VoteTime.

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