(Source: CBC) is having a tough time keeping up with all the bloggers "publishing partisan messages during the current election campaign.
". Under current law they are asking all bloggers to register as advertisers, while also going on record as being open to changing the law.
As the polls close election results come in
. (A full list of official election result websites inside.)
Remember the (Crawford, TX) Lone Start Iconoclast's Kerry endorsement?
Here's a second editorial, describing the fallout from it. Apparently some people took it pretty hard. The Iconoclast
published letters to the editor
2 Percent: Original recipe.
It's not that tough a choice.
So, what's up with those undecided voters? A slightly more polite version of Samantha Bee's "How the f*** do you dress yourself in the morning?!"
John Kerry's Official Naval Records
Time to put to rest the nonsense coming out of the hate groups. And when you hear about the Swift Boat group who have put out an ad and now a book denouncing Kerry, then turn to this URL to find out about that group of patriots
The spokesman said its 'Important to reach out to every single supporter'
I guess I shouldn't be suprised, and I guess it's not illegal, but I'll try to be bi-partisan here and say this just seems wrong!!
Canada's current Prime Minister, running for re-election for the Liberal
party, suggests that voting for him will prevent us from being like the US in his latest television AD
campaign (sorry, they only make a WiMP 9 version available). Will your country be next?
Barack Obama has a stalker. "For the past 10 days, U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama hasn't been able to go to the bathroom or talk to his wife on his cell phone without having a camera-toting political gofer from his Republican rival filming a few feet away."
Jack Ryan, the Republican candidate for the Senate, has assigned a campaign staffer to film everything Obama, a current Illinois state senator, says and does while he's in Springfield. Ryan's spokeswoman says this is "a normal way for us to make sure that his message is being consistent in both parts of the state."
(Chicago Tribune link, registration required) But isn't this going just a little too far?
Turnabout hyperbole fair play?
Boy, it's a good thing there weren't a lot of people going around saying terrorists would want John Kerry to win the election or anything silly like that.
Graham to go out with a bang--will Diebold go out with a wimper?
Senator Bob Graham, D-Florida, today introduced the Voter Verification Act
, legislation that would require computer voting systems to produce a paper record.
With the accusations of mudslinging already underway in California, this morning the pie slinging officially began
Save Our State: Vote Terry Tate.
(NYT/rr) Remember the Reebok Superbowl ad
featuring the "office linebacker"? Well, that actor just entered the California governor's race. As the bumpersticker says, "Where are we going and why am I in this handbasket?" Name your pick for next has-been to get on the ballot...I smell Kato
Nader takes on the SEC, will a campaign be next?
Bit by bit, Ralph Nader
does what he does best, annoying those who abuse power. This last year, he has kept with advocacy that is in parallel with smart campaign strategy and the creation of the SEC watchdog group
is an example of that. The Greens
are still debating him in the forums
, wondering if he is still their guy. Maybe they should be asking if he's OUR
Say you really wanted to know how the recent elections
in the Seychelles
went, or you needed to know the URL for the Turkish Communist Party
. Check out Election World, rounding out the trio of recently posted political
with a semi-comprehensive non-partisan database of every national election in every country on earth, including some countries where the results don't mean all that much
, and some ominous blank spots
where there are no election results worth reporting, plus a massive list
of political parties (with weblinks) from virtually all over. Of course, if you want to find out whether these trappings of democracy are actually making a difference in people's lives, it's worth reading the Country Reports in the annual Freedom in the World
survey, or just checking out what color country you're in on the PDF Map of Freedom.
Robbie Floyd - seemed agape even hours after learning of his defeat Wednesday.
"It was hard to believe that that type of mistake had happened," he said.
Florida Machine Records Votes for Wrong Candidate.
OK, I know Matt Drudge isn't exactly a venerated news outlet, but he is
in South Florida. And he's reporting that a West Palm Beach voter called in to a South Florida radio talk show to report that when he voted for McBride this morning the machine counted his vote for Bush. After he'd tried three times, the voter said, an observing poll worker finally acknowledged that the machine would have to be reprogrammed, since earlier voters had experienced the same problem. There is no official confirmation of this problem, but calls to the same radio show two years ago evidently foreshadowed the 2000 election debacle. I'll be keeping an eye on sites like Josh Marshall's Talking Points Memo
as the day wears on. In the end, what should the electorate do (in addition to initiating lawsuits) if outcome-determining irregularities surface in yet another Florida election?
The joke has become reality.
Albanian and Russian observers sent to monitor American elections... [via Cursor]
Amnesty International, unsurprisingly, has grave concerns for the welfare of Mugabe's opponents, particularly as few international observers remain. It suggests you send a fax or an e.mail asking that he considers the human rights issue and provides an address and number. Very probably a meaningless gesture but hey, you never know.
Those who vote for Democrats only aid the terrorists.
"In a series of TV and radio ads in each of five states hosting top Senate contests, President Bush utters the tag line to a narrated paragraph slamming the Democratic senator of that state for being partisan during a time of national duress." Has anyone seen any of these ads? What did you think of them?
Richard Reeve calls campaign finance reform "Joke of a Nation".
Sadly enough, he backs it up with some good points. Is a city, state, or national office going to become the new status symbol of conspicuous consumers?
The Secret Vote That Made Bush President
Credit actually goes to Drudge who put this up on his site. The irony in this story was the Russian judges telling Supreme Court justices that "in Russia, we would never allow judges to pick the President."
Reno's going to run...and Gramm is going to retire
. Two Hispanic Congressmen
, a Republican and a Democrat, seem poised to run for the Senate seat. (Does a Democrat even stand a chance in Texas...with little more than a year 'til the election?)
That makes 3 Republican Senate retirements (Thurmond, Helms, Gramm). 20 Republican Senate seats are up for reelection as opposed to 13 Democrat seats. How do you think the Democrats will fare in the 2002 elections -- both in and out of the Senate?
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?
It's simple: Don't let the blacks vote, your guy "wins".
"Florida's conduct of the 2000 presidential election was marked by "injustice, ineptitude and inefficiency" that unfairly penalized minority voters, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has concluded in a report that criticizes top state officials -- particularly Gov. Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Katherine Harris -- for allowing disparate treatment of voters."
"A computer analysis by The Post showed that the more black and Democratic a precinct, the more likely it was to suffer high rates of invalidated votes."
"No inquiry so far has been as broad as that conducted by the commission -- or as specifically focused on the rights of minorities. The commission held three days of hearings, interviewed 100 witnesses and reviewed 118,000 documents."
Gates for president
But can he afford to campaign?
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"
If the election left you with an odd feeling
that something was not right in Florida, you're not alone.
Election Night at CNN called 'debacle' by panel
-- Well thank you, Captain Obvious! For this they needed a "panel"? To be fair, though, CNN did announce some changes to its election coverage policies ...
Media recount boosts Gore in Hillsborough County, FL
I wish they would have recounted the whole state. Including the "undervotes."
Election Phone Calls
Sorry if this has been posted before, but I just found out today.
Bush, by a technicality.
They've run out the clock. Oh dear. This could be messy.
Bush attempts to move on
and creates a Web site to help facilitate the process. My, he does have bal^H^H^Hguts doesn't he? I think at this point Gore doesn't expect to win and is continuing with his pursuits to make sure the laws get changed for the next election. What do you think?
And we were arguing about unclear ballot papers and the inability to follow written instructions? The Palm Beach canvassing board sends its counters home for Thanksgiving, comes back on Friday to find an extra few thousand votes to go through, and can't get its numbers in on time, so Ms Harris disregards them. Really, the people in charge need horse-whipping.
Phil Agre thinks there was nothing spontaneous
about that mob scene in Miami
a couple days back.
Republican mob scene video
The guy in the video is being accused
of stealing a ballot for the Democrats...
Looks like the end is in sight.
And I'm glad. I'm so sick of the political rhetoric I could puke. I wish more people could address these issues with clear thinking, instead of defaulting to the rhetoric of the side they tend to favor. If anyone else says 'The American people want...' I will puke. Looks like Bush is going to win. Who cares? Nader is right: they've both been bought and sold. People who harp on 'the very clear policy differences' aren't making enough allowances for the other dynamics.
And now, on to the courts.
I don't think this has a chance, nor am I sure if it is even a good idea.
Inside.com Publishes Exit Polling Data
(4:09 p.m. EST) George W. Bush appears to hold a slight popular-vote lead 49-48 percent. Al Gore is ahead in Florida, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, New Jersey, California and Washington. Bush holds an edge in New Hampshire, West Virginia, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Iowa. Minnesota and Pennsylvania are, crucially, too close to call. One freaky scenario being bandied about: the race ends in an electoral college tie, 269-269. In Senate races, Hillary Clinton is ahead in New York. Incumbents Ashcroft, Grams, Roth, Robb, and McCollum are losing. In Michigan, Abraham is tied.
A quick, concise look at where the candidates stand on issues.
Roll your mouse over the issues listed on the left, like abortion, and education, and a nice little mouseover script pops up each candidate's platform regarding this issue. Nice!
in The Standard
about vote swapping
... Nice to see that someone other than the folks here at MeFi noticed.
The Meatball Ad
is mostly being run in California by the Buchanan Campaign
. Today was the first time I saw it running in New York. I have not seen any of the other presidential candidates are running any TV ads here. The ad shows a man passing out while waiting for the 911 voice choice menu after choking from eating a meatball as the TV news in the background declares that English is no longer America's official language. (The link is to a quicktime file.)
Are Undecided Voters Stupid?
Undecided voters "don't come across as terribly swift..."
"If you're undecided at this point, you're an idiot."
"These soft voters do not have a coherent set of beliefs."
Geeks get behind Al
. He maybe behind Shrub in the polls, but who cares when you have geeks on your side.