Director, Commonwealth Policy Center
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Today is October 31 otherwise known as Halloween—a day of when kids traditionally don masks and go door to door trick or treating. But what might be scarier than a goblin at your doorstep is the political season filled with high pitched rhetoric that has invaded your home.  Accusations and charges between candidates are flying faster than a witch on her broom and the vitriol brewing in the minds of conniving political operatives have put electioneering in competition with Halloween as to which is the most frightening. Of course politics is competitive but everyone can do without the mudslinging and zombie-like stunts where candidates tear into one another.  Much of this turns people away from the process. Candidates who raise the dignity bar and act respectfully should be treated with a vote, and those who do not, well you get the picture.