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.
"Blame Florida! Blame Florida!
...with its stooges and its chad, the whole election's just gone mad..."
(Yeah, it's Salon: but Talbot has a point. Had this been outside the US, with Jimmy Carter and the other observers, the last few days' lunacy would have left no-one in any doubt that the state couldn't organise a pissup in a brewery.)
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.
ELECTION: Live coverage of (what's left of) the Florida hearing.
I heard a solution I could live with: machine recount all the Florida ballots, and hand count anything that bounces. Came from the Bush camp, surprisingly enough.
Bush sez American people not worthy of trust.
It's nice to know that our probable new President thinks his country is too lacking in honor or integrity to be trusted with a manual recount. Spineless liars: takes one to know one?
The end is near.
Judge Terry Lewis rules that Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris can disregard recounts in Florida counties.
More Fun With the Electoral College!
What's most disturbing isn't that it may be weeks or months before we actually know who won the election. I mean who cares? Neither of these guys represent you
. They both suck. The disturbing part is that it is actually possible the voices of hundreds of thousands of Florida voters might not be heard at all!
Cafe Press Election 2000 Schwag.
"Buy Merchandise that commemorates this HOPEFULLY once in a lifetime election!" Heh. It's interesting to see Cafe Press organizing their stores like this.
regarding a lawsuit filed against Bush/Cheney regarding Texas' electoral votes. Looks like Cheney violated the 12th amendment of the Constitution...see for yourself.
Well, sort of. An amusing story of hackers taking the election into their own hands....
The end... finally.
Today at five pm. Judge Lewis upholds the statutory deadline for election returns to be certified, despite media specualtion that he was initially inclined to extend it.
The Bush campaign is seeking contributions to fund the Florida recount
and here I am thinking that they were fighting
the recount. I'm sorry to add a link to the political chaos but the Bush campaign just baffles me to no end. Could some objective non-partisan please stand up for the people's constitutional right to franchisement?
I hate politics. What irks me the most about the current state of affairs is that I had hoped the election would be over by now, and I'd be able to turn on the television, read a magazine, or partake in a conversation about something BESIDES Al Gore and George Bush.
Supposedly, "smart" people are interested in politics. Which must make a minority of smart people who AREN'T interested embarrassed to admit to their distaste.
But I've recently discovered that I'm not alone: these people feel my pain
, but unfortunately their pages aren't very interesting. Anyone know any better links for those of us who are sick and tired of hearing about people counting things in Florida?
What It Will Take to Get Elected ... in 1988.
Interesting historical piece basically looking at the chances of a Democratic victory in 1988. Makes for good reading -- now that we've all become political junkies -- while waiting for news from Florida.
NY Times report on voting problems in Palm Beach
"...some precinct workers said that they were under strict instructions to turn away people asking for voting assistance — mainly out of fear that it would slow down the voting. Louise Austin, a precinct worker in Boynton Beach, said she and other workers at her precinct turned away voters who besieged them with questions.
"People were coming up to me,"
Ms. Austin said, "and I had to follow the directive — `Don't help anyone. Don't talk to anyone.' "
"In other words, the odds are less than 1 in a billion that the original vote was a fair count."
OJR asked Dr. Lynn Miller, a professor of communications and expert on statistics at the USC Annenberg School to comment on what she found at CNN.com regarding the Florida Situation.
Gore takes Oregon.
...but may lose New Mexico. God, I'm going insane.
a call for Gore to stop?
This is a well reasoned argument but is sometimes rambling. Do you think it makes sense? Is Gore really loosing credibility? Should he really give up the fight? Discuss.
Math Against Tyranny...
A mathmatician discusses the virtues of the Electoral College.
issued to Palm-Beach poll workers on Tuesday morning.
the only election haikus I'd find are at FreeRepublic.com. Can anyone find more?
Oops, Florida sent it again.
As if Florida elections couldn't get worse, Salon.com is reporting that some absentees received duplicate ballots.
Poor Florida. I highly doubt election problems are only happening in this state, it's just being put under the microscope. Every little problem is huge now.
Salon is doing a great job with interesting stories, too. Check'em out.
Official Florida Law on Paper Ballots.
I've been reading
from the pundits that the Florida ballot may be illegal because it "specifies that voters mark an X in the blank space to the right of the name of the candidate they want to vote for." (Quote from MSNBC)
However, the Florida statue I found says "opposite such candidate's name." Has anyone heard this argument, and if the Dems are actually gonna try it?
hoped to bring reform and change to congress by providing a choice to uncontested congressional seats, a ficus tree. "The United States Congress is full of babbling idiots and bumbling morons," said Ficus campaign strategist and filmmaker Michael Moore. In one poll, the plant had a 91% lead on incumbant RP Frelinghuysen, however lost in the election
. Too bad, at least the ficus would've produced clean air
make for an intresting comparison to this one, don't you think?
This is how we should settle the election.
Load it up with 50 marbles, and start smashing away at the levers... (can you
think of a more realistic representation of the electoral process? ...okay, but can you think of one that's more fun?)
19,000 Fla Ballots Nullified.
...and allegedly Gore was only behind in the state by 1800. This is gonna get interesting.
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.
US Votes Republican -- except for all the people.
Anyone still need an explanation of the Electoral College?
elected to local office. Browne results similar to Reform party without benefit of matching funds.
It's a new day in America.
Writer Guilty of Voter Fraud
From his stunt during the primaries, Salon writer Dan Savage has plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of voter fraud to avoid trial on a felony charge.
It's not over yet folks!
Democratic candidate Al Gore has called GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush for the second time tonight, retracting his earlier call congratulating Bush on his victory. Gore is expected to speak to his supporters in Nashville soon.
Bush wins Guam, err won
This is legal! Guam is 15 hours ahead of the East Coast. They were voting while you were sleeping last night.
NYTimes.com reports (or does it?) Bush winning KY and IN
I think this is some kind of mistake, rather than an off-sides. Explanations?
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.
Why the Democratic Party would rather lose this election
-- Michael Albert
clarifies the strategic implications of voting Nader: "Liberals talk and write as though the most important thing in captivity is their winning the election, or at least Bush not winning it. But at the top of their campaign, centrally important policies demonstrate that winning the election is not, in fact, their first priority. For them, priority one is serving the interests of their elite constituencies, and, just below that, of the Party itself...."
Also: hard-core Nader junkies should check out this vigorous (but quite long) rant: What every Republicrat should know (but is afraid to ask)
And, finally, a reason to join Greenpeace: new executive director John Passacantando takes a refreshingly sane, nonhysterical approach to Election 2000
Nader Pro and Con (omnibus).
The L.A. Weekly brings you about 20 prominent liberals' statements on whether they are voting Nader or Gore, and why ... captures pretty much all of the nuances in once place.
talks about his bid at Governership and voting your conscience. There's more than a little in common here between his campaign and Ralph's.