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
Who would you vote for in historical American presidential elections and why?
Jeremy Young writes: I’m making my calculations based on a combination of which candidate I like the most and what I think candidates’ chances are of winning. I’m also not counting strategic voting (voting my conscience for a minor candidate in a state where my vote doesn’t matter). Nor am I considering regional “favorite son” status (i.e., the 1836 election). [more inside]
Last year, The Brennan Center for Justice at NYU's Law School released a report
) detailing new, more restrictive state laws that affect voting rights and are likely to impact the outcome of the 2012 elections. The restrictions "fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities." On August 3rd, 2012, they updated their analysis
with a pdf
of passed and pending State government legislation. Their conclusion: after a century in which the United States "expanded the franchise and knocked down myriad barriers to full electoral participation... that momentum [has] abruptly shifted." [more inside]
Penn Jillette: An Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election. [SLYT]
Via BigThink, "A knowledge forum featuring the ideas, lessons, stories and advice of leading experts from around the world."
2012 Presidential Candidates
- Comparing the 2012 Presidential Candidates on the issues
with profile, issue and trivia comparisons. [more inside]
It's Election Day in America
, and as is so often the case in this fickle
land, the results of the 2010 midterm elections are up in the air. Although President Obama's party is expected to suffer significant losses, record numbers of districts remain competitive
, and even minute errors in polling could mean the difference between a historic Republican landslide
and an unexpectedly robust Democratic defense
. At stake are control of not just the Senate and House, but myriad state and local offices, many of which will play key roles in the dynamics of the 2012 presidential race -- and, more subtly but no less crucially, the once-in-a-decade congressional redistricting
process. Much uncertainty surrounds the behavior of the electorate -- how many will turn out, and how informed will they be? To help move those statistics in the right direction, look inside for voter guides, national and state fact checkers, and an assortment of other resources to keep tabs on as the results roll in. [more inside]
"Then my photography started to shift; everything had to be very clean and Republican, straight and perfect... Everything is staged and controlled... It's the complete opposite of war photography."
War photographer Christopher Morris
's new exhibit
: "My America
The Votemaster has returned.
Electoral-vote.com has been re-launched for the 2006 elections. The major focus is on the Senate
but there is also some quick analysis of the hotter House races
. For those who missed the phenomenon during the heady days of 2004, here is the Wikipedia article
and previous MeFi discussion
California holds a "No Hearing Hearing" on Diebold certification. "In June, over 200 people traveled to Sacramento to voice their concerns at a public hearing before a panel of advisors to the Secretary of State on voting systems. Since then, every scheduled meeting of the Voting Systems Panel has been cancelled, and now the Secretary has simply disbanded the VSP without notice, without hearings, without any type of due process."
This isn't the only jurisdiction in which Diebold is attempting to circumvent legal requirements - in North Carolina they filed for and received a broad exemption from new disclosure rules
recently passed into law. The EFF are now suing to force Diebold to comply with the law
As if that wasn't enough, an official Certification Test
(PDF) for Diebold's Optical Scan voting machines confirms an earlier threat analysis test
(PDF) that the memory cards on these machines run uncertified and arbitrary executable code, a charge that Diebold has vigorously denied
While you were re-electing a president:
Senator-elect Jim DeMint
: Thinks that unwed pregnant women and gays are unfit to be schoolteachers.
Senator-elect Tom Coburn
: Wants the death penalty for abortion doctors.
Senator-elect John Thune
: Mr. School Prayer Amendment.
Voters in 11 states voted to ban same-sex marriage
. The lowest
margin was 57%-43%. The highest (Mississippi) was 86%-14%. Kentucky's also bans civil unions.
That one was 75%-25%.
The Senate will likely be split 55-45
in favor of Republicans, creeping closer to a filibuster-proof supermajority. Meanwhile, 89% of these guys
are older than 65.
Enjoy your tax cut, America. You're going to need it.
The increasingly spotty record of the GOP's involvement with voter registration companies.
This is a follow-up to Tueday's Nevada thread. If you registered to vote for the first time this year as anything but a Republican you should probably check to see if your registration was properly filed... you know, just to be on the safe side.
An excellent WashPost primer
on the lies each candidate is currently telling about the other, and how they hold up to reality. Also, enjoy the many euphemisms employed to avoid the "L" word: (Misleading. Inaccurate. Oversimplified. Exaggerated. Carefully selected. Unfair. etc etc) Who will be the first mainstream media outlet to state plainly that a politician has told a lie? Login: email@example.com - pw:shaftbaby)
interference in bolivian elections by usa (why if he is unlikely to win?)
The US Ambassador to Bolivia has told the Bolivian people not to vote for the indigenous Indian candidate
for the Movement for Socialism (MAS), Evo Morales Ayma. If he is elected next Sunday, the USA will suspend
economic aid and will review its agreements.
why?.. he is unlikely to win, this will surely give him a boost in the polls instead
Should Election Day be a holiday?
Vote, then do some barbecue and watch fireworks... Will this be the development that could increase voter turnout, or will people just waste the day away? How else could voter turnout be improved?
Palm Beach Butterfly Ballot Reportedly Cost Gore
"The newspaper said the ballot confusion also hurt President George W. Bush; 1,631 people voted for both Bush and Buchanan, whose hole was directly under that of Bush"
Bush, by a technicality.
They've run out the clock. Oh dear. This could be messy.
Choose your own election.
Worth reading, just for a bit of 80s nostalgia.
And now for something different...
Or maybe not. Try voting for everybody. Who knows what will happen. Maybe Gore will win finally? (not sure if this was posted before, but found it funny.)
California shuts down Nader-Gore vote trading site.
This is absolutely ridiculous. "William Wood, chief counsel for the office of the secretary of state, said yesterday morning that trading for anything valuable is illegal. "
What is a likely voter
This morning, while listening to Democracy Now, I heard something very interesting. it seems that the Republicans lobbied Gallup to redefine a 'likely voter' for this election season's polling. It seems Gallup is now defining a 'likely voter' as someone who voted in the last three presidential elections ('88, '92, '96). This leads to voters who are older (at least 30) and to people who participated in the last election to elect a Republican. Furthermore this polling method would have shown Bob Dole winning the 1996 election. No wonder Shrub is in the lead.
describes the pool of likely voters "tend to lean Republican."