Yeah, because the best way to stop people from faking the results of elections is to get rid of elections.
Vestin... As much as I respect you, that was a terrible comparison. I'll let you figure out why :-P
I seriously can't stand the absurdity of the argument that since people are upset over getting symbolically called out on upsetting others, we should rid the forum of one layer of communication, and things would get better as a result.
In its current form, it's far too easy to abuse, it's as simple as that. And yes, there actually are peopple who will create multiple accounts just to downrate posts, because people are gibbons like that.
It might be solved by only allowing people with certain amount of rep to up/downrep others, it is a system put in place by StackExchange (actually, forums in general should learn from stack exchange, a lot of their mechanics are applicable to opinionated discussions as well). However, there is still a 'personal' factor involved, which basically means that people won't only downrep a post they find detrimental, but also all the other posts by the author, which is just griefing and it would be nice to get rid of that altogether.
Resurrect, ye sleeping bones! Rise!
You ass, I forgot to check the dates!
Yes, it's somehow your fault.