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An unlucky comparison, here is a new-old one : North Carolina’s Democracy Ranked On Par With Cuba (course, in the bad way….)

Stop looking for negative points of encounter in those who by far do it better than we.

United States is not in the position to lecture and teach others, the electoral system in North Carolina it’s failure because the United States electoral system.

The OAS  Observer Mission wraps up as “identified improvement opportunities” what are actually cracks in the system.

  • Expand cooperation among states to compare information and avoid potential duplications in voter registration
  • Take measures to avoid excessive concentration of voters and long lines at polling stations
  • Expand the practice of designing constituencies through independent and nonpartisan commissions
  • Analyze the impact of the decision of the Supreme Court to eliminate parts of the Law of 1965
  • Establish better and stricter rules governing PACs and superPACs
  • To leave behind the polarizing and divisive rhetoric of the campaign and to give way to a civic dialogue between opposing visions

Cuban democracy establishes, through its Electoral Law in force (No. 72 1992) two types of processes.

General Elections
The Deputies are elected to the National People’s Power Assembly, their President, Vice-President and Secretary and other members of the Council of State, Delegates to Provincial Assemblies and Municipal Councils of People’s Power and their Presidents and Vice-Presidents. These elections are held every five years.

Partial Elections
The Delegates are elected to the Municipal Assemblies of the People’s Power and their Presidents and Vice-Presidents. They take effect every two and a half years.

Remarkable Facts and Principles:

  • The candidates to the different instances do not carry out campaigns.
  • The party does not propose, does not postulate or promote candidates, it is the people themselves, the electors who have that faculty that they exercise in public assemblies in a free and sovereign act.
  • The vote is free, equal and secret and each elector has the right to a single vote.
    Uniformed pioneers guard the ballot boxes.
  • All Cuban citizens have the right to choose and be elected.
  • All citizens with legal capacity to do so have the right to intervene in the direction of the State. Since there is no list of parties, it is voted directly by the desired candidate or through their representatives.
  • Voters have the right to make universal, automatic and free registration in the electoral register.
  • Cubans who have reached the age of 16 are entitled to vote, except for the mentally handicapped upon judicial declaration of their incapacity and those legally incapacitated for crimes. For Deputies to the National Assembly it is required to be 18 years old
  • Members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces and other members of armed institutes have the right to be elected and participate.
  • Absence of discriminatory, millionaire running, offensive or defamatory declarations. Candidates cannot campaign on their behalf.
  • Transparency.
  • All the elect are by majority (it’s an obligation). The candidate is elected only if obtains more than 50% of the valid votes cast.
  • Massive participation. All the electoral processes that have been celebrated since 1976, more than 95% of the voters participated.

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