In 2008, the National Journal
released The Hidden History of the American Electorate
, an analysis of exit poll demographics conducted by multiple news organizations from US presidential elections between 1988 and 2004. The study looked for "pressure points in the electorate": trends which were likely to decide the outcome of the 2008 presidential election. They've released an update for 2012, by adding exit poll results from the 1980, 1984, and 2008 presidential elections
. It gives a more comprehensive look at voting trends over a 32 year period of the groups whom they believe are likely to influence the outcome in November. Charts: Voting Preferences of the American Electorate, 1980-2008
Some sites have gone black today in protest of black box voting and/or four more years of Bush. But, actually, I haven't seen many. Are people tired of fighting or is this just a poorly-organized effort no one knows about?
Electing to Leave
- A guide to expatriating (via blogdex)
"You're An Asshole."
A film strip we can all appreciate in time for tomorrow's big event. Try singing along!
Over 125 voter guides,
sorted by city and written collaboratively by Indyvoter's network of members
are now on-line. This is social software with a purpose - members of the network form voting blocs to swing close elections, from city council members up to the national level.
Endorsement: Kerry for President
Ok. The NY Times endorsed Kerry. And now the Washington Post. But now the Orlando-Sentinel, a paper that has not endorsed a Demcorat in the past 40 years!
"Four years ago, the Orlando Sentinel endorsed Republican George W. Bush for president based on our trust in him to unite America. We expected him to forge bipartisan solutions to problems while keeping this nation secure and fiscally sound.
This president has utterly failed to fulfill our expectations. We turn now to his Democratic challenger, Sen. John Kerry, with the belief that he is more likely to meet the hopes we once held for Mr. Bush.
Our choice was not dictated by partisanship. Already this election season, the Sentinel has endorsed Republican Mel Martinez for the U.S. Senate and four U.S. House Republicans. In 2002, we backed Republican Gov. Jeb Bush for re-election, repeating our endorsement of four years earlier. Indeed, it has been 40 years since the Sentinel endorsed a Democrat -- Lyndon Johnson -- for president...."
American teens have spoken, and they want George W. Bush for president. Nearly 1.4 million teens voted in the nation's largest mock election
, and the Republican incumbent wound up with 393 electoral votes and 55 percent of the total votes cast.
Iranian regime endorses Bush, saying democrats have historically "harmed Iran."
Head of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, Hassan Rowhani
, is very close to the hardline leader, Ali Khamanei. But the truth is Republicans have always helped dictators in Iran,. Biggest example: 1953 coup
that toppled Mossadeq
, the extremely popular elected official prime minister of Iran and brought back the tyrant Shaah
Was your voter registration form thick enough?
Ohio's republican secretary of state has issued an order (three days before the registration deadline) to throw out all voter registration forms printed on paper less then 80lb. Coincidence that dem-leaning areas have seen a 250% rise in voter registration, with tens of thousands of new voters in a race expected to be closer then FL 2000?
Oh yeah, the state sent out 40lb forms to those requesting them. Cute, huh.
is a clearinghouse for folks who want to be part of the US electoral process. They've already shown their stuff
in primary elections
. They're set to go
The group is a coalition effort of People for the American Way and a bunch of other organizations--some of the usual leftish/centrist suspects (Working Assets, the ACLU, the NAACP), and some rather strange bedfellows (the United Church of Christ, the African American Ministers' Leadership Council).
One hopes that people of all political stripes will be welcomed in this effort to get the vote out and educate people about their rights. One (well, this one, anyway) hopes as well that those of us who post about our impatience with the US electoral process on MeFi will put our time and/or money where our pixels are.
This Land is Your Land
(with apologies to Woody Guthrie). Belated non-partisan Friday Flash Fun. (Saturday Sarcastic Silliness?)
With under four months left to the real election, the Atlas of Presidential Elections
is holding a mock election
(free registration required to vote), in which Libertarian candidate Michael Badnarik
holds a lead over John Kerry and George W. Bush. The real results may be a little bit different in November.
Veepfilter: The well-kept secret about Kerry's running mate might just have broken... on an aviation message board, of all places
The spite factor
- Or, why Democrats are in danger of losing their wonderful, angry momentum.
President on vacation
while Iraq burns
got you down? Feeling loyal to the party, ideas, or repulsed by the Dems? Agonizing over voting Bush to stay true? Sign the petition
, Maybe you won't have to. And Dems, if you can promise to be open minded in November you can sign as well. via Blogging of the President
Its a vast left wing conspiracy!
It seems that the RNC (Republican national committee) is seeing conspiracy everywhere. There are lots of stand alone groups
that have been trying to get rid of this administration before Kerry showed up on the scene, and now that there is a target they want to hang everything on him. Its almost like flattery.
Of course it reminds me of when SCO claimed IBM was orchestrating all the bad press about them.
Props to the 1st amendment
This election year, the impact of grassroots organizing on the internet
is pricking up some ears in Washington. Here's something to add to the chorus.
US elections: the world-wide vote.
"In November 2004, U.S. citizens will elect their new President. The outcome of these elections directly influences the lives of citizens around the world.
seeks to apply new technologies to provide citizens around the world with a voice in matters that affects us all.
Ensure that your voice is heard by registering electronically and add momentum to a worldwide drive to establish global democracy."
Noble sentiments, but isn't this an admission of submission to the empire? A surrender of sovereignty? A call for a new Caracalla's edict
? Is this a good idea both for the US and the "rest of the world"?
Which is the best type of writer
to cover a nine person campaign that lasts two years? A novelist of course. Only a novelist can come up with the sort of obvious truths that reporters can't or aren't allowed to write. Like, "I've met Sharpton before and I can say with full confidence
the man is a liar, an opportunist, and a swine." The other candidates on Gore's endorsement, "Fuck fat fucking
Al shit fucking Gore." Or Kucinich's campaign, "Just before I go to sleep I ask myself, Why not love
your fellow man, why not peace on earth? ... And the answer occurs to me immediately—because the other guy wants to rape your women and kill your children." Stephen Elliott, four time novelist and card shark
, is on the campaign.
A challenger to Bush
for the Republican nomination?