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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Assembly Special Election III Results) on: August 03, 2015, 12:10:59 am

Official Results - Northeast Assembly Special Election III - July-August 2015

Total voters: 11
Invalid votes:
-Pessimisic Antineutrino (Failed Activity Requirement)
Total Valid Voters: 10

Northeast Representative
Quota = 10/(1+1) + 1 = 6.

Poirot did not declare or write himself in and therefore is not a valid candidate.  Blair is no longer a registered voter and therefore is not a valid candidate.  Votes for each candidate will not be counted and preferences ignored.

First Preference Count:
ClarkKent 10

ClarkKent exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Representative.

x CJO cinyc
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Assembly Special Election III - July-August 2015 on: August 03, 2015, 12:09:13 am

Official Results - Northeast Assembly Special Election III - July-August 2015

Total voters: 11
Invalid votes:
-Pessimisic Antineutrino (Failed Activity Requirement)
Total Valid Voters: 10

Northeast Representative
Quota = 10/(1+1) + 1 = 6.

Poirot did not declare or write himself in and therefore is not a valid candidate.  Blair is no longer a registered voter and therefore is not a valid candidate.  Votes for each candidate will not be counted and preferences ignored.

First Preference Count:
ClarkKent 10

ClarkKent exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Representative.

x CJO cinyc
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Assembly Special Election III - July-August 2015 on: August 02, 2015, 10:23:50 am
Official Ballot

Northeast Representative
[1] ClarkKent (Federalist - CT)
[2] Write-in: Poirot
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE Confirmation Hearing: rpryor for emergency prosecutor on: July 31, 2015, 09:09:40 pm
So you can be prosecutor and Senator at the same time? If that's so, I'll support you.

Unfortunately, I don't think he can.  It violates the federal constitution to hold two offices simultaneously, other than a carve-out for Senators holding federal cabinet positions.  That there is a confirmation hearing pretty much assures that special prosecutor is an office.
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: July 31, 2015, 05:42:41 pm
Yes, of course. But we're in the strange position of having no RG (no updated official list with which to check the validity of ballots) and having no declared candidates for Blair's seat. Hopefully those issues can be resolved by this time next week.

I've managed to run Northeast elections without having an RG or updated official list.  I don't think it would be much of a problem for you to do so.  You'd just need to take into account changes that occurred after the RG was banned.  There weren't a ton of changes, except for a few region changes and deregistrations.
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Assembly Special Election Voting Booth Open) on: July 31, 2015, 12:00:55 am
The voting booth for this weekend's Special Assembly Election is now open.  It is available here.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Northeast Assembly Special Election III - July-August 2015 on: July 30, 2015, 11:59:37 pm

This voting booth does not open until 1:00AM Eastern Daylight Time (12:00AM Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, July 31, 2015.  Any vote cast in this thread before that time will be invalid.

This voting booth is for one Northeast Representative.

Votes for offices in this region are cast using PR-STV.  Voters who wish to preference more than one candidate should allocate a first preference for a candidate by marking a [1] in the space provided by that candidate's name, and proceeding to number as many preferences as they desire by marking a [2], [3], etc for as many candidates as they so desire.

A vote will be counted so long as the voter that casts it is eligible to vote in this election and casts a formal ballot. A vote is formal so long as it contains numbered preferences with no duplicate numbers. A ballot containing Roman Numerals is considered formal. A ballot in which candidates have been ranked a,b,c, etc is considered formal so long as no letter has been repeated, and so long as a single candidate has been ranked a, for as long as the letters are consecutive with no duplicate letters. A ballot is formal if the CJO can determine the intent of the voter without interviewing that voter.

Per past practice, write-in votes are only counted for a candidate if he or she publicly declares a willingness to receive write-in votes for the relevant office before the polls close in the Candidate Declaration Thread or writes in his or her own name on the ballot for the said office.

This voting booth does not open until 1:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time (12:00AM Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, July 31 2015, and ends at 12:59:59AM EDT on Monday, August 3, 2015 (11:59:59PM EST on Sunday, August 2, 2015).  Any vote cast in this thread outside of those parameters will be invalid.

Official Ballot

Northeast Representative
[ ] ClarkKent (Federalist - CT)
[ ] Write-in: ________________
8  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Rubio compares the killing of Cecil the lion to abortion on: July 30, 2015, 07:00:55 pm
Rubio is not as thoughtful as I wish he would be. This one was an unforced error.

How is this an unenforced error exactly?  You do realize Rubio is running in the REPUBLICAN primary, not the primary of your new party.  Most Republican primary voters are repulsed by the Planned Parenthood videos.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Assembly Special Election this Weekend) on: July 29, 2015, 11:16:40 pm
Preliminary Sample Ballot.  Please note that the deadline for declaring candidacy isn't until midnight EDT tomorrow.  There is still time to formally declare and get on the ballot:

Quote

This voting booth does not open until 1:00AM Eastern Daylight Time (12:00AM Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, July 31, 2015.  Any vote cast in this thread before that time will be invalid.

This voting booth is for one Northeast Representative.

Votes for offices in this region are cast using PR-STV.  Voters who wish to preference more than one candidate should allocate a first preference for a candidate by marking a [1] in the space provided by that candidate's name, and proceeding to number as many preferences as they desire by marking a [2], [3], etc for as many candidates as they so desire.

A vote will be counted so long as the voter that casts it is eligible to vote in this election and casts a formal ballot. A vote is formal so long as it contains numbered preferences with no duplicate numbers. A ballot containing Roman Numerals is considered formal. A ballot in which candidates have been ranked a,b,c, etc is considered formal so long as no letter has been repeated, and so long as a single candidate has been ranked a, for as long as the letters are consecutive with no duplicate letters. A ballot is formal if the CJO can determine the intent of the voter without interviewing that voter.

Per past practice, write-in votes are only counted for a candidate if he or she publicly declares a willingness to receive write-in votes for the relevant office before the polls close in the Candidate Declaration Thread or writes in his or her own name on the ballot for the said office.

This voting booth does not open until 1:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time (12:00AM Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, July 31 2015, and ends at 12:59:59AM EDT on Monday, August 3, 2015 (11:59:59PM EST on Sunday, August 2, 2015).  Any vote cast in this thread outside of those parameters will be invalid.

Official Ballot

Northeast Representative
[ ] ClarkKent (Federalist - CT)
[ ] Write-in: ________________
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Assembly Special Election this Weekend) on: July 27, 2015, 09:02:58 pm
Notice: There will be a special election for Northeast Assembly this weekend.  The voting booth will open at 1:00AM EDT (12:00 Midnight EST) on Friday, July 31, and will close at 12:59:59AM EDT on Monday, August 3 (11:59:59AM EST Sunday, August 2).  Candidates may declare in the Candidate Declaration Thread any time before 12:00AM EDT on Friday, July 31.  I need an hour or so lead time to put together a voting booth.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor pikachu (Thank You) on: July 27, 2015, 08:53:00 pm
I think the same party law was repealed.

It was.  Then it was quietly put back in as part of the Assembly Special Elections Act 2015, which was signed into law on June 18, 2015.  There's nothing in Governor Sawx's office thread or the Wiki that's more recent, so that law has to govern.

As I said earlier, I will try to work on a codification of all Northeast election laws into one consolidated law this week if I have time.  This piecemeal approach with a partially updated Wiki makes it difficult to conduct proper elections.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor pikachu (Thank You) on: July 27, 2015, 04:56:15 pm
Congratulations, Governor!

Since your Assembly seat is now vacant, you can name a replacement for the next 7 days.  IIRC, it has to be someone from the same party as you, at least in theory.  A special election to fill the seat will be held this upcoming weekend.  Candidates have until the election starts to declare.

You obviously also have to appoint a new Lt. Governor.


I'm hardly an expert on Northeast election law, but I think the bolded requirement was repealed a while back.

It seems to have been repealed and reinstated a few times, and the Wiki is in terrible shape.  I thought the last iteration put it back, but I'd have to research to be sure.  I don't think Governor Sawx paid much attention to parties when making his temporary appointments, so you may be right.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Governor pikachu (Thank You) on: July 27, 2015, 02:51:07 pm
Congratulations, Governor!

Since your Assembly seat is now vacant, you can name a replacement for the next 7 days.  IIRC, it has to be someone from the same party as you, at least in theory.  A special election to fill the seat will be held this upcoming weekend.  Candidates have until the election starts to declare.

You obviously also have to appoint a new Lt. Governor.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Resignation Statement on: July 27, 2015, 06:57:19 am
Please reconsider.  I know your emotions are raw right now, but your talents are needed in the Senate.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Gubernatorial Special Election Certified) on: July 27, 2015, 06:29:03 am
Did Clyde not vote?

On Holiday, along with Griff being banned hurt me

If you had tied on the final count, would you have won?

The first tiebreaker in Northeast regional elections is second place preferences, then a condorocet count.  I think that means after losing candidates are taken off the ballot.  Please feel free to calculate any hypothetical outcomes you want.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Gubernatorial Special Election Certified) on: July 27, 2015, 12:21:22 am

Official Results - Northeast Gubernatorial Special Election and Referenda - July 2015

Total voters: 28
Invalid votes:
-Oakvale (Not resident of Northeast for full 7 days before the election)
-morgieb (Not resident of Northeast for full 7 days before the election)
-Pessimisic Antineutrino (Failed Activity Requirement)
-AutumnLeaf (Failed Activity Requirement)
-Thinking Crumpets Crumpet (Not a registered voter for full 7 days before the election)
Total Valid Voters: 23

Northeast Governor
Quota = 23/(1+1) + 1 = 12.5, rounded down to 12.

Poirot wrote himself in and therefore is a valid candidate.  hantheguitarman did not declare or write himself in and is not a valid candidate.

First Preference Count:
Blair2015: 8 (smoltchanov, dkrolga, Eraserhead, Winfield, cinyc, NHI, Blair2015, Poirot) 
Pikachu: 6 (rpryor03, ClarkKent, Castro2020, JoMCaR, RGN08, Pikachu)
Oakvale: 6 (Dallasfan65, Matt from VT, Peeperkorn, DemPGH, bore, polnut)   
evergreen: 3 (evergreen, Alfred F. Jones, twistory123) 
SomebodyWhoExists: 0
Poirot: 0

No candidate exceeds quota.  Candidates with zero votes and lowest total (SomebodyWhoExists, Poirot and evergreen) eliminated.

Second count - allocate evergreen's votes to later preferences:
Gains:
Pikachu: 2 (evergreen, twistory123)
Exhausted: 1 (Alfred F. Jones)

Count:
Blair2015: 8
Pikachu: 8
Oakvale: 6
Exhausted: 1

No candidate exceeds quota.  Candidate with lowest vote total (Oakvale) is eliminated.

Third Count -  allocate Oakvale's votes to later preferences:
Gains:
Pikachu: 3 (Matt from VT, Peeperkorn, polnut)
Blair2015: 2 (DemPGH, bore)
Exhausted: 1 (Dallasfan65)

Count:
Pikachu: 11
Blair2015: 10
Exhuasted: 2

No candidate exceeds quota.  Candidate with lowest vote total (Blair2015) is eliminated.  Pikachu is elected Governor of the Northeast.

Ratification of Assembly Inactivity Amendment
Aye: 20
Nay: 1

The Assembly Inactivity Amendment has been ratified and becomes part of the Northeast Constitution.

Referendum on Save the Animals Act
Yes: 2
No: 18

The Save the Animals Act fails and will not become law.

x CJO cinyc
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Gubernatorial Special Election and Referenda - July 2015 on: July 27, 2015, 12:19:57 am

Official Results - Northeast Gubernatorial Special Election and Referenda - July 2015

Total voters: 28
Invalid votes:
-Oakvale (Not resident of Northeast for full 7 days before the election)
-morgieb (Not resident of Northeast for full 7 days before the election)
-Pessimisic Antineutrino (Failed Activity Requirement)
-AutumnLeaf (Failed Activity Requirement)
-Thinking Crumpets Crumpet (Not a registered voter for full 7 days before the election)
Total Valid Voters: 23

Northeast Governor
Quota = 23/(1+1) + 1 = 12.5, rounded down to 12.

Poirot wrote himself in and therefore is a valid candidate.  hantheguitarman did not declare or write himself in and is not a valid candidate.

First Preference Count:
Blair2015: 8 (smoltchanov, dkrolga, Eraserhead, Winfield, cinyc, NHI, Blair2015, Poirot) 
Pikachu: 6 (rpryor03, ClarkKent, Castro2020, JoMCaR, RGN08, Pikachu)
Oakvale: 6 (Dallasfan65, Matt from VT, Peeperkorn, DemPGH, bore, polnut)   
evergreen: 3 (evergreen, Alfred F. Jones, twistory123) 
SomebodyWhoExists: 0
Poirot: 0

No candidate exceeds quota.  Candidates with zero votes and lowest total (SomebodyWhoExists, Poirot and evergreen) eliminated.

Second count - allocate evergreen's votes to later preferences:
Gains:
Pikachu: 2 (evergreen, twistory123)
Exhausted: 1 (Alfred F. Jones)

Count:
Blair2015: 8
Pikachu: 8
Oakvale: 6
Exhausted: 1

No candidate exceeds quota.  Candidate with lowest vote total (Oakvale) is eliminated.

Third Count -  allocate Oakvale's votes to later preferences:
Gains:
Pikachu: 3 (Matt from VT, Peeperkorn, polnut)
Blair2015: 2 (DemPGH, bore)
Exhausted: 1 (Dallasfan65)

Count:
Pikachu: 11
Blair2015: 10
Exhuasted: 2

No candidate exceeds quota.  Candidate with lowest vote total (Blair2015) is eliminated.  Pikachu is elected Governor of the Northeast.

Ratification of Assembly Inactivity Amendment
Aye: 20
Nay: 1

The Assembly Inactivity Amendment has been ratified and becomes part of the Northeast Constitution.

Referendum on Save the Animals Act
Yes: 2
No: 18

The Save the Animals Act fails and will not become law.

x CJO cinyc
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Gubernatorial Special Election and Referenda - July 2015 on: July 27, 2015, 12:00:17 am
The voting booth is now closed.  Certification to come.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (2nd Report on the NE Special Election) on: July 26, 2015, 09:55:18 pm
I re-rechecked AutumnLeaf's posting history, and he doesn't meet the activity requirement.  The posts on May 25 don't count, so he only has 5 posts in the relevant period.

After speaking with the SoFE, I also will have to invalidate Oakvale vote for not being a resident of the Northeast 7 days (168 hours) before the election.  He registered on the Friday a week before the election.  SoFE homelycooking indicated that he usually uses a 168 hour standard, requiring a move or registration on or before the Thursday the week before the election.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (2nd Report on the NE Special Election) on: July 26, 2015, 09:43:17 pm
I shall be launching a legal challenge to the result should Messrs. RPryor and Twistory's votes be counted. It is also deeply unsettling that an election may have taken place with clearly misleading instructions given to voters, and would cast doubt on the legitimacy of the result, whoever may win.

What's wrong with Twistory's vote, exactly?  He also had 10 forum posts in the relevant period, so it's not inactivity.

The question is whether, since most of those posts are, well, votes, they should count as "posts" proper. I'd argue not.

Then your problem is not just with Twistory.  It is with AutumnLeaf and perhaps others. 
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (2nd Report on the NE Special Election) on: July 26, 2015, 09:18:54 pm
I shall be launching a legal challenge to the result should Messrs. RPryor and Twistory's votes be counted. It is also deeply unsettling that an election may have taken place with clearly misleading instructions given to voters, and would cast doubt on the legitimacy of the result, whoever may win.

What's wrong with Twistory's vote, exactly?  He also had 10 forum posts in the relevant period, so it's not inactivity.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Healthcare Choice Expansion Act (debating) on: July 26, 2015, 03:29:42 pm
Thank you Ms. Speaker.

The Reforming Atlasia Public Healthcare Act gives regions the opportunity to expand healthcare choices for its people. This bill would allow private insurance providers into the Northeast again, while keeping the benefits of good old Fritzcare.

What law denies the right of private insurance providers to come into the Northeast?
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (Report on the NE Special Election) on: July 26, 2015, 02:31:00 pm
It's the price of being an active region Tongue

Regardless, it'd probably be a good idea for a list of voters who fail activity requirements to be published along with the sample ballot, or something along those lines.

Normally, the SoFE makes these determinations and the Northeast elections officials follow the SoFE's lead, as there can only be one voter roll.  The only exception is for the very few people who vote in regional but not national elections.  There is no SoFE role in special elections, so it all falls to the Northeast official opening the booth in a special election.

It would take a long time to go through 40+ potential Northeast voters to check for potential issues before the election, especially when about half of them historically won't vote.  It is much easier to check after someone casts a ballot.  I'm not even sure how to check the last posts of a poster other than by clicking on that poster's name in a thread.  If they don't post a vote, how can I do that?
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (Report on the NE Special Election) on: July 26, 2015, 12:40:03 pm
Thinking Crumpets Crumpet's vote is invalid due to failing the 7-day residency requirement.  I'm currently researching whether Oakvale's vote should be too, as he registered in the Northeast the Friday before the election, exactly 7 days but not 168 hours before the election began.

why do northeast elections always end up like this?

8 minutes too late, and the vote gets struck off

Even Atlasian federal elections employ the 7-day rule for new registrants and region moves.  It is in both the Atlasian Constitution and the Northeast's own voting regulations from as far back as 2004.  Even if it weren't (apparently) Northeast law, we can't ignore the Atlasian Constitution's rule of when a move is effective because the Atlasian Supreme Court has ruled that we can't create a separate Northeast voting roll.  So I really have no choice but to follow those rules for the two or three voters who registered or moved in the past week.

I asked the SoFE for clarification on how the 7-day rule works, and he said it's usually interpreted as 168 hours.  So Oakvale's vote is probably invalid, too - though I've asked for further clarification and am still researching.

I'm not disqualifying any votes with a view toward changing the outcome - in fact, I haven't even calculated the current outcome or how disallowing any vote would change it.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Mideast Record-Courier (Report on the NE Special Election) on: July 26, 2015, 12:08:12 pm
Thinking Crumpets Crumpet's vote is invalid due to failing the 7-day residency requirement.  I'm currently researching whether Oakvale's vote should be too, as he registered in the Northeast the Friday before the election, exactly 7 days but not 168 hours before the election began.
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