The US is a little closer to a popular vote for president. Governor Cuomo added New York State
to the National Popular Vote
interstate compact. [more inside]
Obama won Ohio by two points, and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown won by five, but Democrats emerged with just four of Ohio’s 16 House seats. In Wisconsin, Obama prevailed by seven points, and Democratic Senate candidate Tammy Baldwin by five, but their party finished with just three of the state’s eight House seats. In Virginia, Obama and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine were clear victors, but Democrats won just three of the commonwealth’s 11 House seats. In Florida, Obama eked out a victory and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson won by 13 points, but Democrats will hold only 10 of the Sunshine State’s 27 House seats. The Revenge of 2010
: How gerrymandering saved the congressional Republican majority
, undermined Obama's mandate
, set the terms of the sequestration fight
, and locked Democrats out of the House for the next decade
. It's not a new problem
. But if the Supreme Court guts the Voting Rights Act
, it could get a whole lot worse
. And the electoral college may
. (What's gerrymandering, you ask? Let the animals explain. Meet the Gerry-mander. Peruse the abused. Catch the movie. Or just play the game. Previously.)
Beautiful Georgia, my adopted state as I finish life’s journey ... my last year ever to vote in a presidential election. I wanted to feel part of this great privilege, wanted to again walk out of my precinct tapping my Georgia Peach voter sticker. Even if the day were dark, gloomy and cold, the sun would be shining. One Georgia nonagenarian's quest for voter ID
My Fair Election
crowd-sources pollwatching: "We hope that this information will be used by citizens, journalists, and election officials to identify the worst polling places and work to fix them. We hope that officials in charge of polling places with long lines or otherwise operate poorly will be embarrassed, held to account, and so motivated to do a better job." (via Hollie Russon-Gilman
and Archon Fung
With the U.S. Presidential election about 3 months away, and voter ID laws headed to court this Wednesday in Pennsylvania
and in other states like Texas and Minnesota, Propublica tells you Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws.
to a nonproblem
] [more inside]
When Judges Make Foreign Policy.
"In a globalized, post-9/11 age, decisions made by the Supreme Court are increasingly shaping America's international relations. When the next justice is appointed, our place in the world may well hang in the balance."
Candidates on executive power: a full spectrum.
Boston Globe reporter Charlie Savage, who won a Pulitzer Prize
for his work on presidential signing statements
, surveyed the major 2008 presidential candidates about their views on the limits of executive power. [BugMeNot, via Huffington Post.] [more inside]
Senator On-Line (‘SOL’) is a truly democratic party
which will allow everyone on the Australian Electoral roll who has access to the internet to vote on every Bill put to Parliament and have its Senators vote in accordance with a clear majority view. They will be running candidates for the upcoming federal Upper House (Senate) elections.
A frightening and well-made full-length HBO documentary.
On November 7th,
Americans have much to decide. While the two major parties joust for control of the Senate and House, many a ballot initiative does not recieve the scutiny required. Consider Oregon's Rainy Day Amendment,
Arizona's HOPE Amendment,
California's Protect Our Homes Initiative
or Idaho's Proposition 2.
Examine the Taxpayer Bill of Rights
in Maine and Proposal 6
in Michigan - weigh them against three bills
The city is ours! Belarussians are using weblogs, online communities, and text messaging to organize
, share news
and numerous photos
, and oppose their corrupt
election. Patriotism, flags, and dark blue is in fashion, whether the government likes it or not
Iraqi insurgents are rejecting al-Qaida
in favour of the political process. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad spent 5 days with an Iraqi resistance group during the constitutional vote, and found that al-Qaida involvement in the insurgency-particularly their tactic of targetting Iraqi police and soldiers-is both unwelcome and unwanted. Instead many Sunni are looking toward using the democratic process to achieve their ends.
Project Censored places "Distorted Election Coverage" at number 3
on their list of ignored news stories of the last year. In more recent ignored news a Diebold insider speaks out
(which security guru Bruce Schneier considers "sensationalist" but "good information"
) - just as Diebold shares plunge
and top executives flee. In July Diebold's voting machines were rejected by the state of California
after "possibly the most extensive testing ever on a voting system" revealed a high incidence of crashes and paper jams. Not to mention the undocumented backdoor
in Diebold's GEMS vote tabulator.
Meanwhile, in Ohio, two officials of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections have been indicted by a grand jury
on charges that they "did not permit a random selection of precincts for the recount and it did not let witnesses oversee the opening of the sealed ballot cases and the first recount of the votes."
And John Conyers is urging Americans to oppose a proposed national ID voting requirement, which he calls a "21st Century poll tax"
. Is this what democracy looks like?
Get to votin'.
In Sydney, the first votes were cast in the Iraqi elections, 48 hours before it starts in Iraq itself. I went down to the nearest polling booth
to get a feel for the turnout. It's being organised by the best in the business
, but will it make a difference if nobody comes to the party?
While Abu Musab al-Zarqawi declares a "bitter war"
against democracy, Josh Muravchik
suggests that Realists—"those who are skeptical of injecting issues of freedom, democracy and human rights into the conduct of foreign policy"—have historically been less in-step than pro-democracy Idealists. Responding to Bush's Inauguration Day comments about confronting tyranny in the coming years, many Iranians cheered
As Iraqis go
to the polls
on Jan. 30,
it will be a daunting
Racially-Based Suppression of the African-American Vote:
The Role It May Play in the Upcoming Presidential Election What exactly is racially-based vote suppression? Simply defined, it is the targeting of potential voters, based on their race, in an attempt to suppress the exercise of their right to vote for the candidate of their choice.
160 observers couldn't monitor the election in Bexar County Texas, let alone the whole US.
-- National Journal's Charlie Cook. A hundred and sixty, though, isn't the half of it. [plenty more inside]
Experiences of voting in Zimbabwe
- BBC News Online has a forum where it is displaying emails from Zimbabwe about voter's experiences in the current presidential poll
. I think the BBC are using their status responsibly in providing direct information about the conditions there.
I know it's short notice
but if you're in one of these cities, and agree that the popular vote of the people should be honored and upheld, there's gonna be a lot of spontaneous protests happening tomorrow afternoon.
Dem's let Nader on Ill. ballot, finally.
Maybe I'll see some metafilter readers at the Oct 10 Rally at UIC. Ummm, wear a pink rose and use the secret MiFi handshake.