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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE2: Northeast Sports Arena Financing Act (vote on amendment) on: August 28, 2015, 08:27:16 pm
i think this needs to be reintroduced in the new assembly, actually, but i'm not sure

if not - the amendment passes 5-0

I'm not sure about the new rules.  Under the old rules, everything died when the Assembly went out of session, including legislation in the proposed legislation thread.  Now, IIRC, the proposed legislation thread continues in order when the new Assembly takes over.

To be safe, it probably should be reintroduced in the new Assembly, as amended.  The amendment passed before the old Assembly went out of session.
2  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE: Northeast v. SomebodyWhoExists on: August 27, 2015, 07:06:20 pm
Your honor, I will be leaving for vacation tomorrow and will have limited (if any) internet access until September 7th. I ask for a recess until then.

Okay.  We will have a recess until September 7.
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Official August Election Results) on: August 24, 2015, 06:56:15 pm

Official Results - (Federal) Amendment to the Constitution

Total voters: 14
Invalid votes: None
Total Valid Voters: 14

With 12 voters voting Aye and 2 Nay, the (Federal) Amendement to the Constitution passes in the Northeast.

x CJO cinyc
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: (Federal) Amendment to the Constitution on: August 24, 2015, 06:55:26 pm

Official Results - (Federal) Amendment to the Constitution

Total voters: 14
Invalid votes: None
Total Valid Voters: 14

With 12 voters voting Aye and 2 Nay, the (Federal) Amendement to the Constitution passes in the Northeast.

x CJO cinyc
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Official August Election Results) on: August 24, 2015, 06:47:06 pm

Official Results - Northeast August General Election

Total voters: 11
Invalid votes:
-RGN08 (Edited Vote after it was cast.  The Northeast does not have a 20-minute grace period for edits)
Total Valid Voters: 10
Note: pikachu cast two different ballots for Assembly with different preferences.  Since I cannot determine that voter's intent, his ballot will be treated as cast but blank, still counting for the quota but treated as if no vote had been cast for vote counting purposes.

Northeast Representative
Quota = integer[10/(5+1) + 1] = integer[1.66666 + 1] = 2

DemPGH and evergreen wrote themselves in and therefore are a valid candidates.  No other Northeasterner not on the ballot wrote themselves in or declared in the official delcaration thread.  Votes for all other Northeasterners will not be counted and preferences ignored.

First Preference Count:
ClarkKent 3 (Winfield, rpryor03, ClarkKent)
RGN08 2 (Dkrolga, JoMCaR)
Clyde1998 2 (DemPGH, Clyde1998)
DemPGH 1 (cinyc)
evergreen 1 (evergreen)
Exhausted 1

ClarkKent exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Representative.  Surplus is allocated to second preferences.  Transfer value = (3 -2)/3 = .333. 

Surplus transferred to:
RGN08 3x.3333=1 (all 3 voters second preferenced RGN08)

Second Count:
ClarkKent 2 (Elected)
RGN08 3
Clyde1998 2
DemPGH 1
evergreen 1
Exhausted 1

RGN08 exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Representative.  Surplus is allocated to second and third preferences.  Transfer value for RGN first preferences:
(3-2)/3 = .333.  Transfer value for ClarkKent first preferences: .333x.333=.111

Surplus transfered to:
Clyde1998  .777  (Dkrolga, JoMCar, Winfield (1/3))
Exhausted  .222  (rpryor03 (1/3), ClarkKent (1/3))

Third Count:
ClarkKent 2 (Elected)
RGN08 2 (Elected)
Clyde1998 2.777
DemPGH 1
evergreen 1
Exhausted 1.222

Clyde1998 exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Representative.  Surplus is allocated lower preferences  Transfer value for RGN first preferences:
(2.777 - 2)/2.777= .28

Surplus transfered to:
evergreen .373 (Clyde1998, JoMCar (1/3))
DemPGH .28 (DemPGH)
Exhausted .124 (Winfield (1/9), Dkrolga (1/3))

Fourth Count:
ClarkKent 2 (Elected)
RGN08 2 (Elected)
Clyde1998 2 (Elected)
evergreen 1.373
DemPGH 1.28
Exhausted 1.346

Nobody exceeds quota.  Nobody left to eliminate.  evergreen and DemPGH elected Northeast Representatives.

ClarkKent, RGN08, Clyde1998, evergreen and DemPGH elected Northeast Representatives.

All constitutional amendments pass.


Patchwork Amendment 9-0
Competitive Elections Amendment 7-2
Residency Amendment 8-1
Term Limits Amendment 7-2

x CJO cinyc
6  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: August Elections on: August 24, 2015, 06:45:39 pm

Official Results - Northeast August General Election

Total voters: 11
Invalid votes:
-RGN08 (Edited Vote after it was cast.  The Northeast does not have a 20-minute grace period for edits)
Total Valid Voters: 10
Note: pikachu cast two different ballots for Assembly with different preferences.  Since I cannot determine that voter's intent, his ballot will be treated as cast but blank, still counting for the quota but treated as if no vote had been cast for vote counting purposes.

Northeast Representative
Quota = integer[10/(5+1) + 1] = integer[1.66666 + 1] = 2

DemPGH and evergreen wrote themselves in and therefore are a valid candidates.  No other Northeasterner not on the ballot wrote themselves in or declared in the official delcaration thread.  Votes for all other Northeasterners will not be counted and preferences ignored.

First Preference Count:
ClarkKent 3 (Winfield, rpryor03, ClarkKent)
RGN08 2 (Dkrolga, JoMCaR)
Clyde1998 2 (DemPGH, Clyde1998)
DemPGH 1 (cinyc)
evergreen 1 (evergreen)
Exhausted 1

ClarkKent exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Representative.  Surplus is allocated to second preferences.  Transfer value = (3 -2)/3 = .333. 

Surplus transferred to:
RGN08 3x.3333=1 (all 3 voters second preferenced RGN08)

Second Count:
ClarkKent 2 (Elected)
RGN08 3
Clyde1998 2
DemPGH 1
evergreen 1
Exhausted 1

RGN08 exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Representative.  Surplus is allocated to second and third preferences.  Transfer value for RGN first preferences:
(3-2)/3 = .333.  Transfer value for ClarkKent first preferences: .333x.333=.111

Surplus transfered to:
Clyde1998  .777  (Dkrolga, JoMCar, Winfield (1/3))
Exhausted  .222  (rpryor03 (1/3), ClarkKent (1/3))

Third Count:
ClarkKent 2 (Elected)
RGN08 2 (Elected)
Clyde1998 2.777
DemPGH 1
evergreen 1
Exhausted 1.222

Clyde1998 exceeds quota and is elected Northeast Representative.  Surplus is allocated lower preferences  Transfer value for RGN first preferences:
(2.777 - 2)/2.777= .28

Surplus transfered to:
evergreen .373 (Clyde1998, JoMCar (1/3))
DemPGH .28 (DemPGH)
Exhausted .124 (Winfield (1/9), Dkrolga (1/3))

Fourth Count:
ClarkKent 2 (Elected)
RGN08 2 (Elected)
Clyde1998 2 (Elected)
evergreen 1.373
DemPGH 1.28
Exhausted 1.346

Nobody exceeds quota.  Nobody left to eliminate.  evergreen and DemPGH elected Northeast Representatives.

ClarkKent, RGN08, Clyde1998, evergreen and DemPGH elected Northeast Representatives.

All constitutional amendments pass.


Patchwork Amendment 9-0
Competitive Elections Amendment 7-2
Residency Amendment 8-1
Term Limits Amendment 7-2

x CJO cinyc
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE: Northeast v. SomebodyWhoExists on: August 24, 2015, 04:03:13 pm
Objection, Your Honor. The question is misleading and based on a false premise that may confuse the jury.

The Senate did not "declare war" on the far-left organisation my client joined in the spirit of anarchic comedy, but on the illegal government set up by Mr. TNF in the Midwest -

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The Senate of Atlasia hereby declares war on TNF's secessionist attempts in the Midwest, and declares him an enemy of the State

- an entirely different matter.

Overruled.  I suspect the witness can answer the question without anything being misleading.  SWE, please answer the question.
8  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: August Elections on: August 23, 2015, 05:15:32 pm
Official Ballot

Northeast Representative
Five people will be elected to the Assembly.

[4] Clyde1998 (Northeast National Party - MA)
[2] ClarkKent (Federalist - CT)
[3] RGN08 (Federalist - NY)
[1] Write-in: DemPGH
[5] Write-in: Poirot
[6] Write-in: Evergreen
[7] Write-in: Oakvale
[8] Write-in: Dkrologa
[9] Write-in: Winfield

Patchwork Amendment
The text of the Patchwork Amendment is too long to put on one page.  Please see the full text starting here.

[X] Aye
[ ] Nay

Competitive Elections Amendment
Quote
1. Article II, Clause 7 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
The number of Representatives to be elected shall be 5 in elections where six or more candidates appear on the ballot, or 3 otherwise. The method of election shall be PR-STV, as specified in Sections 4 to 17 of the Atlasian Proportional Representation Act (F.L. 21-2), unless the Assembly shall provide otherwise by Law.
2. Article II, Clause 14 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
The Legislative Assembly shall have the power to override the Governor’s veto. If the Assembly passes legislation previously vetoed by the Governor by more than a two-thirds majority vote in a five-seat Assembly, or by a unanimous vote in a three-seat Assembly, it becomes law without the Governor’s signature.

[X] Aye
[ ] Nay

Residency Amendment
Quote
Article III, Clause 1 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
1. The executive authority of the Northeast Region shall be vested in the Governor of the Northeast Region. The Governor must be a registered voter in the Northeast Region.

[X] Aye
[ ] Nay

Term Limits Amendment
Quote
The following shall be inserted after Article III, Clause 1 of the Northeast Constitution, with following clauses renumbered accordingly:
Quote
2. No citizen can consecutively serve more than two full terms as Governor of the Northeast.

[X] Aye
[ ] Nay
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2015 Federal Election - At-Large Senate on: August 23, 2015, 05:12:01 pm
AT-LARGE SENATE


[1] Altsomn Stmarken (JoMCaR) of Maine
Federalist Party



[2] Cris of Kansas
Civic Renewal



[5] Evergreen of Maine
Northeast National Party



[6] Kalwejt of Ohio
Labor Party



[3] NC Yankee of North Carolina
Federalist Party



[4] Write-in: dkrolga
Civic Renewal



[  ] None of the above
10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE: Northeast v. SomebodyWhoExists on: August 22, 2015, 07:05:08 pm
Very well.  I will PM SWE to get him to the witness stand.  I will also ask him to say "I swear (or affirm) to tell the truth and nothing but the truth(, so help me Dave)".  If he decides to affirm instead of swear, he need not say the so help me Dave part.  
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (August Voting Booth Open) on: August 21, 2015, 01:05:21 pm
Will the Competitive Elections amendment take effect this election if passed?

No.  It didn't specify that it would take effect this election and therefore will not take effect until October.  It technically doesn't come part of the constitution until after it is passed, which is after this election started.
12  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (August Voting Booth Posted) on: August 20, 2015, 11:10:45 pm
I've created the voting booth for the August Elections.  It is available here.

The voting booth is currently locked, since the election doesn't start until 1AM EDT (Midnight EST).  I will unlock the booth before I go to bed.  If that is before 1AM, please don't vote until after that time or your vote will not be counted.  You will have until 12:59:59AM EDT on Monday to vote, so there's no reason to rush.
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Northeast Voting Booth: August Elections on: August 20, 2015, 11:06:27 pm

This voting booth does not open until 1:00AM Eastern Daylight Time (12:00AM Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, August 21, 2015.  Any vote cast in this thread before that time will be invalid.

This voting booth is for five Northeast Representatives.  It is also on four referendum to amend the Northeast Constitution.  For the referendum, you may only select one of the two options (Aye or Nay).

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, August 21 2015, and ends at 12:59:59AM EDT on Monday, August 24, 2015 (11:59:59PM EST on Sunday, August 23, 2015).  Any vote cast in this thread outside of those parameters will be invalid.

Official Ballot

Northeast Representative
Five people will be elected to the Assembly.

[ ] Clyde1998 (Northeast National Party - MA)
[ ] ClarkKent (Federalist - CT)
[ ] RGN08 (Federalist - NY)
[ ] Write-in: ________________

Patchwork Amendment
The text of the Patchwork Amendment is too long to put on one page.  Please see the full text starting here.

[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay

Competitive Elections Amendment
Quote
1. Article II, Clause 7 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
The number of Representatives to be elected shall be 5 in elections where six or more candidates appear on the ballot, or 3 otherwise. The method of election shall be PR-STV, as specified in Sections 4 to 17 of the Atlasian Proportional Representation Act (F.L. 21-2), unless the Assembly shall provide otherwise by Law.
2. Article II, Clause 14 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
The Legislative Assembly shall have the power to override the Governor’s veto. If the Assembly passes legislation previously vetoed by the Governor by more than a two-thirds majority vote in a five-seat Assembly, or by a unanimous vote in a three-seat Assembly, it becomes law without the Governor’s signature.

[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay

Residency Amendment
Quote
Article III, Clause 1 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
1. The executive authority of the Northeast Region shall be vested in the Governor of the Northeast Region. The Governor must be a registered voter in the Northeast Region.

[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay

Term Limits Amendment
Quote
The following shall be inserted after Article III, Clause 1 of the Northeast Constitution, with following clauses renumbered accordingly:
Quote
2. No citizen can consecutively serve more than two full terms as Governor of the Northeast.

[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (August Sample Ballot Posted) on: August 20, 2015, 12:41:56 am
Sample ballot for this weekend's elections.  Please let me know if there are any mistakes:
Quote

This voting booth does not open until 1:00AM Eastern Daylight Time (12:00AM Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, August 21, 2015.  Any vote cast in this thread before that time will be invalid.

This voting booth is for five Northeast Representatives.  It is also on four referendum to amend the Northeast Constitution.  For the referendum, you may only select one of the two options (Aye or Nay).

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, August 21 2015, and ends at 12:59:59AM EDT on Monday, August 24, 2015 (11:59:59PM EST on Sunday, August 23, 2015).  Any vote cast in this thread outside of those parameters will be invalid.

Official Ballot

Northeast Representative
Five people will be elected to the Assembly.

[ ] Clyde1998 (Northeast National Party - MA)
[ ] ClarkKent (Federalist - CT)
[ ] RGN08 (Federalist - NY)
[ ] Write-in: ________________

Patchwork Amendment
The text of the Patchwork Amendment is too long to put on one page.  Please see the full text starting here.

[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay

Competitive Elections Amendment
Quote
1. Article II, Clause 7 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
The number of Representatives to be elected shall be 5 in elections where six or more candidates appear on the ballot, or 3 otherwise. The method of election shall be PR-STV, as specified in Sections 4 to 17 of the Atlasian Proportional Representation Act (F.L. 21-2), unless the Assembly shall provide otherwise by Law.
2. Article II, Clause 14 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
The Legislative Assembly shall have the power to override the Governor’s veto. If the Assembly passes legislation previously vetoed by the Governor by more than a two-thirds majority vote in a five-seat Assembly, or by a unanimous vote in a three-seat Assembly, it becomes law without the Governor’s signature.

[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay

Residency Amendment
Quote
Article III, Clause 1 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
1. The executive authority of the Northeast Region shall be vested in the Governor of the Northeast Region. The Governor must be a registered voter in the Northeast Region.

[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay

Term Limits Amendment
Quote
The following shall be inserted after Article III, Clause 1 of the Northeast Constitution, with following clauses renumbered accordingly:
Quote
2. No citizen can consecutively serve more than two full terms as Governor of the Northeast.

[ ] Aye
[ ] Nay
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE: Northeast v. SomebodyWhoExists on: August 19, 2015, 03:20:27 pm
Your honor, as I've posted in my office, I will not be available in any substantial capacity until Friday. I ask for a brief recess in the trial until then.

Okay.  The trial won't start until Friday, at the earliest.
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeast Proposed Constitutional Amendment Megathread on: August 19, 2015, 03:19:44 pm
The only issue I have with the Patchwork Amendment is that it would limit the time for ratifying federal consitutional amendments to once a month and lower the voting period from 7 to 3 days.  I am considering whether to vote no because of that.
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Northeast CJO cinyc (Prop NE Const Amendments Explanations Posted) on: August 19, 2015, 03:17:17 pm
I' ve posted the text and explanations for this weekend's 4 proposed Northeast Constitutional Amendments starting here.  Apologies for the delay.  I just got back from a trip.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeast Proposed Constitutional Amendment Megathread on: August 19, 2015, 03:12:53 pm
3) Residency Amendment:

Quote
Article III, Clause 1 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
1. The executive authority of the Northeast Region shall be vested in the Governor of the Northeast Region. The Governor must be a registered voter in the Northeast Region.

Reason Given:
All other Northeast officials are required to be registered in the Northeast, but the Governor isn't. This amendment is intended to fix that oversight.

4) Term Limits Amendment:

Quote
The following shall be inserted after Article III, Clause 1 of the Northeast Constitution, with following clauses renumbered accordingly:
Quote
2. No citizen can consecutively serve more than two full terms as Governor of the Northeast.

Reason Given:
1. It's easy for someone to get entrenched as Governor. In fact, per Wiki, no Governor has lost reelection since dissolution. Many don't even face major party opposition.

2. People want to hold office in the Northeast. Almost all of our recent Senate races have contested, our last two open-seat gubernatorial elections were highly contested, and two of our recent special Assembly elections were also contested.

3. This will give opportunities to advance for newer players. Open elections are generally more competitive than ones with incumbents (e.g. July gov special, July Senate special, February senate vs Feb and June gov).

representatives have 48 hours to vote aye, nay, or abstain.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeast Proposed Constitutional Amendment Megathread on: August 19, 2015, 03:09:10 pm
2) Competitive Elections Amendment:
Quote
1. Article II, Clause 7 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
The number of Representatives to be elected shall be 5 in elections where six or more candidates appear on the ballot, or 3 otherwise. The method of election shall be PR-STV, as specified in Sections 4 to 17 of the Atlasian Proportional Representation Act (F.L. 21-2), unless the Assembly shall provide otherwise by Law.
2. Article II, Clause 14 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
The Legislative Assembly shall have the power to override the Governor’s veto. If the Assembly passes legislation previously vetoed by the Governor by more than a two-thirds majority vote in a five-seat Assembly, or by a unanimous vote in a three-seat Assembly, it becomes law without the Governor’s signature.

Reason Given:
The Northeast has historically had trouble finding enough candidates to fill all five Assembly seats. This amendment is necessary to guarantee a competitive election and to alleviate the activity problems that are affecting all of Atlasia.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeast Proposed Constitutional Amendment Megathread on: August 19, 2015, 03:07:20 pm
Quote
Patchwork Amendment, cont.

Article V, Clause 1 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
Quote
1. The people of the Northeast Region shall have the power to recall any elected official by the process of petition. Petitions that collect seven or more signatures shall be considered valid. When a valid petition is presented, the appropriate election administrator shall open the voting booth on the nearest next Friday at 12:00:00am EST and shall close said both booth the following Sunday at 11:59:59pm EST. The recall question is: “Shall [name of officer] be recalled from the office of [name of office held]?”. Every citizen will be given the opportunity to vote YES to recall and NO to retain during this time. Abstentions will not affect the results. Recalled officials shall forfeit their offices immediately.

Article V, Clause 2 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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2. The people of the Northeast Region shall have the power to call a referendum on any law signed by the Governor during the legislative session in which it was passed by the process of petition. Petitions that collect seven or more signatures shall be considered valid. When a valid petition is presented, the appropriate election administrator shall open the voting booth on the nearest next Friday at 12:00:00am EST and shall close said both booth the following Sunday at 11:59:59pm EST. The referendum question is: “Shall [name of law, followed by text] be upheld as law?”. Every citizen will be given the opportunity to vote YES to uphold and NO to repeal during this time. Abstentions will not affect the results.

Article V, Clause 3 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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3. Legislation resulting in a tied vote in the Legislative Assembly may be forwarded to the people for a vote at the will of the Governor. Legislation not forwarded to the people shall be considered unsuccessful. When tied legislation is referred by the Governor, the appropriate election administrator shall open the voting booth on the nearest next Friday at 12:00:00am EST and shall close said both booth the following Sunday at 11:59:59pm EST. The referendum question is: “Shall [name of law, followed by text] be made law?”. Every citizen will be given the opportunity to vote YES for passage and NO for failure during this time. Abstentions will not affect the results. Referred legislation shall automatically become law if voted in favor by the people.

Article VII, Clause 2 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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2. Except in December,the appropriate election administrator shall open the polling booth for all proposed Amendments approved by the Legislative Assembly before 12:00:00am EST of the second Friday of a month between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the penultimate Friday of the same month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the penultimate Friday itself. Except in November or December, The Governor or Chief Judicial Officer shall open the polling booth for all proposed Amendments approved by the Legislative Assembly after 12:00:00am EST of the second Friday of a month between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the penultimate Friday of the following month and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the penultimate Friday itself. In December, the appropriate election administrator shall open the polling booth for all proposed Amendments approved by the Legislative Assembly after 12:00:00am EST of the second Friday of November and before 12:00:00am EST of the first Friday of December between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the second Friday of December and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the second Friday itself. In December, The Governor or Chief Judicial Officer shall open the polling booth for all proposed Amendments approved by the Legislative Assembly after 12:00:00am EST of the first Friday of December between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the penultimate Friday of January and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the penultimate Friday itself. In all cases, the appropriate election administrator shall close the polling booth at 11:59:59pm EST on the following Sunday. If the date for opening the polling booth coincides with another Northeast election, the Governor or Chief Judicial Officer shall include the vote on any proposed Amendments in the polling booth for that election.

Except in November or December, the appropriate election administrator shall open the polling booth at 12:00:00am EST on the penultimate Friday of the month for all proposed Amendments approved by the Legislative Assembly before 12:00:00am EST on the second Friday of a month that have not already received a vote. In November or December, the appropriate election administrator shall open the polling booth at 12:00:00am EST on the second Friday of the month for all proposed Amendments approved by the Legislative Assembly before 12:00:00am EST on the first Friday of the month that have not already received a vote. In all cases, the appropriate election administrator shall close the polling booth at 11:59:59pm EST on the following Sunday. If the date for opening the polling booth coďncides with another Northeast election, the appropriate election administrator shall include the vote on any proposed Amendments in the polling booth for that election.

Article VIII of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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1. Amendments to the Federal Constitution shall be voted upon by the people of the Northeast in the same manner as Amendments to the Northeast Constitution.

2.
To be approved, all amendments will require the affirmative vote of a majority of those citizens of the Northeast Region who vote for or against the proposed Amendment.

Clause 7a of the Cabinet Amendment shall be amended to read:
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7a. If an Assemblyman a Representative is appointed to any of these positions, Section 5 of the amendment is overridden.


Reason given:
this amendment is necessary to fix some glaring grammatical and logical issues in the constitution, especially article vii clause 2, and to synchronise the various types of northeast elections.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Northeast Proposed Constitutional Amendment Megathread on: August 19, 2015, 03:06:36 pm
There will be 4 proposed constitutional amendments on this weekend's ballot.  Below is the text of the amendment and the sponsor's support statement:

1) Patchwork Amendment:
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Patchwork Amendment

Article II, Clause 4 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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4. Elections to the Legislative Assembly of the Northeast Region shall take place once every February, April, June, August, October, and December. Except in December, the appropriate election administrator will open the voting booth between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the penultimate Friday of the month in which they otherwise would have started and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the penultimate Friday itself at 12:00:00am EST of the penultimate Friday of the month, and will close said both booth the following Sunday at 11:59:59pm EST. In December, the appropriate election administrator will open the voting booth between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the second Friday of December and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the second Friday itself at 12:00:00am EST of the second Friday of December, and will close said both booth the following Sunday at 11:59:59pm EST. Every citizen will be given the opportunity to vote during this time. The Chief Judicial Officer of the Northeast Region must accept any absentee ballot received no more than one week prior to the opening of the polls.

Article II, Clause 5 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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5. Candidates for Legislative Assembly will be given until the Wednesday preceding the first date of polling in the election they wish to contest to announce their candidacy and appear on the ballot. This is to be done by officially declaring his or her's their candidacy in the Candidate Declaration Thread.

Article II, Clause 13 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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13. The Speaker of the Northeast Legislative Assembly acts as the Presiding Officer of the Northeast Legislative Assembly. He or she organizes votes on legislation and notifies the Representatives of the results of any official vote. If the Speaker is temporarily absent (no more than ten days), the longest continuously serving representative (excluding the Lieutenant Governor) may exercise the powers of Speaker.

Article III, Clause 2 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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2. The Governor must be elected democratically by the people of the Northeast Region. Elections are to be held every February, June, and October for Governor. The appropriate election administrator will open the voting booth between midnight Eastern Standard Time on the Thursday preceding the penultimate Friday of the month in which they otherwise would have started and 0001 Eastern Standard Time on the penultimate Friday itself at 12:00:00am EST of the penultimate Friday of the month and will close said both booth the following Sunday at 11:59:59pm EST. Every citizen will be given the opportunity to vote during this time. The Chief Judicial Officer of the Northeast Region must accept any absentee ballot received no more than one week prior to the opening of the polls.

Article III, Clause 3 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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3. Candidates for Governor will be given until the Wednesday preceding the third Friday of the month in which he or she wishes to run in an election thereof first date of polling in the election they wish to contest to announce his their candidacy and appear on the ballot. This is to be done by officially declaring his or her's their candidacy in the Candidate Declaration Thread.

Article III, Clause 6 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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6. In the event that the office of Governor falls vacant three or more weeks before the next scheduled gubernatorial election, a special election shall be held to fill the remainder of the term. The election shall be held on the first Friday following the vacancy, except where the Friday falls within two days of the position becoming vacant, in which case the election will take place the following Friday, and be held in the same manner as a regular gubernatorial election. Upon certification of the results, the Governor-elect shall immediately assume office upon swearing in.

Article III, Clause 9 of the Northeast Constitution shall be amended to read:
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9. The Governor has veto power over any piece of legislation that the Northeast Assembly shall successfully vote in favor passed by the Northeast Assembly. The Governor may not have the power to veto parts as opposed to the whole of any legislation. The Governor is required to sign all pieces of legislation he or she supports into law after it passes a successful vote in the Legislative Assembly within one week of its passing. Once he or she has signed the legislation, it immediately becomes law unless otherwise stated in the legislation itself. If the Governor does not sign or veto the successful legislation after one week, than then it becomes law immediately.

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22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: (Federal) Amendment to the Constitution on: August 18, 2015, 10:33:13 pm
Nay
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE: Northeast v. SomebodyWhoExists on: August 18, 2015, 09:46:02 pm
All jurors have sworn in.  Prosecutor Gov. Pikachu, please call your first witness.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: NE: Northeast v. SomebodyWhoExists on: August 17, 2015, 11:22:04 pm
Very well.  The jury will be homelycooking, Alfred F. Jones, bronz4141, Polnut and Clyde1998. 

I will PM them and ask them to swear in on this thread.  The oath is as follows:

"I swear (or affirm) that I will well and truly try the matter in issue between the parties, and give a true verdict according to the law and evidence, so help me Dave"

Jurors can choose to swear or affirm, not both.

As far as I can tell, the Northeast doesn't have its own jury rules.  We will follow the federal law, which allows 3 of the 5 jurors to convict.
25  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Attention Governors, Cinyc, darthebearnc/Spiral: Amendment to the Constitution on: August 16, 2015, 10:54:55 pm
The Northeast voting booth has been posted, and will be open at 1:00AM Eastern Daylight Time today and close in a week.

In the future, can the Senate please name their amendments with something more descriptive than Amendment to the Constitution?  The name tells us nothing about what change is proposed to be made.
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