h/t to BOOG CITY editor David Kirschenbaum
Krist Novoselic has played with the bands: Nirvana, Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift, and Flipper. He is also an electoral reform activist who advocates for Instant Runoff Voting (IRV) and initiated a political action committee called JAMPAC to support artistic freedom. Novoselic has filed to run for County Clerk of Wahkiakum County, Washington.
There are two interesting issues related to his candidacy. One, is the controversy over whether and how much Novoselic supports the “Top Two” system which will be used in this election, and which an organization he belongs to helped support in a 2004 referendum. Top Two means that all candidates for the office run in an open primary, and only the top two vote getters among ALL candidates for ANY parties get to be on the general election ballot.
The second issue is that Novoselic will be listed as “prefers Grange Party”, though the organization “The Grange” is a non-partisan, non-profit, which does not endorse any candidates.
Background and commentary:
There is a story at Ballot Access News which explains Novoselic’s relationship to the Grange and Top Two voting system: here. BAN writes, “There is no indication of what the Grange thinks about Novoselic’s ‘party preference’. Novoselic is an official of the Grange in Wahkiakum County, yet in actuality, he is a Democrat who does not fully support ‘top-two’…”
Roger Snyder, a former Green Party candidate for NY State Senate, and blogger at Greens For Greens, said in an exclusive, IPR interview, “While a top-two primary is supposed to give voters more choice, and does to some extent in primaries, it dramatically reduces the field of candidates in general elections, which is when most voters actually vote. Third-party candidates and independents would almost never appear on November ballots.”
Snyder continues, “While essentially banning third parties from participating in general elections addresses the major party concern over spoiler candidates, a better way would be to use instant runoff or ranked choice voting. That
voting method would give all voters more choice from a broader range of candidates.”
Ian Wilder is my co-blogger at onthewilderside. He has an article from January 2007 describing Novoselic’s politics, Novoselic’s book Of Grunge and Government, Let’s Fix this Broken Democracy!, and Novolselic’s opinion on Nader and the accusation of “spoiling.” Novoselic says, “…We use Ralph Nader as a scape goat, but shouldn’t we celebrate diversity in the United States? Broaden the debate? We should have the right of free association and we shouldn’t presume whose votes belong to whom…”
Finally, there is a youtube video of Novoselic describing his electoral activism: here.