October 29th, 2004


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2004/10/29 22:59:00 - The big US governance thingy...
I'm betting on Bush winning the Popularity Contest, but Kerry getting the Electoral College (not Collage as I accidentally said to </a></b></a>ilanin just now).
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userinfo ilanin
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2004/10/29 15:25:23
And as I said just now, I still think I prefer the mental image conjured by the original....
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userinfo chess
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2004/10/29 18:37:13
I note that we're quite happy to use derisive terms for Fair Elections when we're worried they won't go our way. I'm sure it wasn't meant like that, but it does feel a bit... wrong.
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userinfo senji
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2004/10/29 23:44:21
Which particular derisive term? :)

Certainly "Popularity Contest" is the term I've most often seen to distinguish the raw votes count from the actual Electoral College result.

As to the title; it's supposed to be in my general line of flippancy for these things -- I did reject a couple of original ideas which were poking too much fun at the whole process.
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userinfo ilanin
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2004/10/30 02:48:01
Absolutely nobody is convinced that this will be a fair election.

Well, not quite. Very few are convinced that...

~70% of Democrats and 30% of Republicans, when surveyed, expected the election to be beset by fraud in some manner. (Source:Salon.com)
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userinfo ptc24
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2004/10/30 06:45:40
Yes. I see that The Onion hasn't wasted any time in capturing that mood.

Do you think someone should warn Serbia that they need to be getting those peacekeeping forces ready again?
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userinfo senji
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2004/10/30 14:56:34
I may be misremembering, but I believe there will be a UN election monitoring force there.

We were wondering if Tim Ward was going...
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userinfo requiem_17_23
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2004/10/30 05:17:33
Untraceably, with the new computers. I expect some kind of legal challenge.
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userinfo senji
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2004/10/30 14:54:33
If my memory serves me right there already are legal challenges in some states.
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userinfo ilanin
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2004/10/30 15:02:10
Many states. They're certainly illegal under Florida law, for example, since there is no way to conduct the recounts which are mandatory if the margin of victory in the election falls beneath a specified threshold.

I do have to wonder how on earth the Florida Board of Elections failed to realise this....
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userinfo senji
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2004/10/30 15:05:56
There is a set of states that require computer votes to record on paper and also have counties that don't do this. Florida I belive doesn't have this particular strict specification, so may get away with a "software recount" or something similarly fake.
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userinfo ilanin
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2004/10/30 17:24:55
I believe Florida law specifies a manual recount. I have read so much on American electile dysfunction at Salon and elsewhere recently I can no longer remember individual articles, but I believe that many of the machines that will be used on Nov. 2 have already been declared unsuitable for use in Florida elections.

Oops.
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userinfo senji
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2004/10/30 15:10:19
Read and weep
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