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76  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 14, 2014, 02:47:41 pm
Oh my God, 40% in and SD still at 13.7%. Pretty terrifying.
77  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 14, 2014, 01:07:11 pm
Oh Jesus, FI right on threshold... *_*
78  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 14, 2014, 01:04:57 pm
Any particular website to follow exit poll and/or official count updates?

!!!

Anyone?
79  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 14, 2014, 01:02:28 pm
Any particular website to follow exit poll and/or official count updates?

!!!
80  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 14, 2014, 01:01:09 pm
Any particular website to follow exit poll and/or official count updates?
81  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Sweden election results thread (Sept 14, 2014) on: September 14, 2014, 12:57:24 pm
If anybody cares to join, I might hang out in #atlasforum in the IRC.

I can't find #atlasforum on Mibbit...
82  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: September 14, 2014, 12:44:36 pm
When will we get official turnout figures? Are there no preliminary reports before 20?
83  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: September 14, 2014, 12:24:19 pm
Turnout is so huge that they need to extend voting time by 1 hour and a half? Does that mean it's going to be near 90%?
84  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: September 14, 2014, 11:31:12 am
Yeah, there is no feasible way in the modern word to force ballot secrecy anymore. So details matter little, especially in a country with a deep-rooted democratic culture like Sweden.
85  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: September 14, 2014, 11:10:34 am
Never heard of the multiple paper ballots before, it would be very controversial to use that system here where the secrecy of the ballot is sacrosanct.

Exactly. At the last Swedish election, the leading Danish electoral professor, Jørgen Elklit, wrote an article where he said that the Swedish elections could not be characterized as "free and fair" due to the multiple ballot thing, and that party representatives can be present at the polls and hand out ballot papers to the voters. The last problem is amplified by the fact that the election districts in Sweden are generally quite small in terms of population.
He sent the article to the four main Swedish newspapers, but none of them wanted to bring it, so it was only published in Denmark.
Several Danish politicians called for electoral observers from the EU or the OSCE, but I don't think these hopes were materialized.

Oh come on, that's ridiculous. Ballot secrecy is absolutely respected as long as voters have the possibility to keep their vote secret. If someone wants to make their vote known, I don't see what's the problem. As for the presence of party officials to oversee the voting process (provided, as I assume, that officials from all parties are present) this is actually a further guarantee of fairness.

Danes being trolls, as usual.
86  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: September 14, 2014, 10:15:43 am
Yeah, France also uses multiple paper ballots. And most people take all of them into the polling booth (as I did, out of respect for established traditions).


Word on the street (and by street i mean precinct officers) is that turn-out seems to be higher this year than in 2010. Lines are being reported in polling stations where there's been no lines before, despite the fact that early voting is breaking record numbers once again. Taking this into account, it wouldn't be completely out of question we get 86%-87% turn-out.

Wow, that's impressive. High turnout is great news regardless of whom it benefits. Smiley
87  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Scottish independence - The Official Atlas Forum mock referendum on: September 14, 2014, 07:26:24 am
Yes (normal)
88  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: The Simple Truths Silver Mine on: September 14, 2014, 07:08:04 am
The good people of Illinois are looking across the country and seeing the damage Republican governors have done. In Kansas to the west, in Wisconsin to the north, in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to the east, Republican governors have run their states into the ground and destroyed the years of good work Democratic governors had done. The good people of Illinois refuse to follow the same doomed path.
89  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: September 14, 2014, 04:10:09 am
I won't make a prediction, for fear of being disappointed. Let's just say I'll consider it a success if FI gets above the threshold and the four left-wing parties together have a majority.
90  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of the Previous Poster's Signature: The Wrath of Khan on: September 13, 2014, 04:00:04 pm
Too big.
91  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: SWEDEN - September 14, 2014 - GUIDE and THREAD on: September 13, 2014, 03:33:55 pm
Come on, we really need those lend votes for FI!
92  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germany: SPD Minister-President wants to turn his Land into a theocracy on: September 13, 2014, 02:04:32 pm
Great news!!!!

Seriously? Roll Eyes
93  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: France General Discussion II: Living under Marxism on: September 13, 2014, 02:03:50 pm
An interesting thing is that we wants to come back on a more centrist position.

No. I have no idea what led you to think so, but this is most definitely not the case.

Anyway, if he really does come back, considering his precarious judicial position, his campaign will be something Berlusconi-style. It's going to be a tragedy of epic proportion.
94  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Opinion of Napoleon Bonaparte on: September 13, 2014, 09:20:02 am
The Hitler of the early 19th century.

I wasn't aware Napoleon orchestrated a genocide.
95  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Scottish independence referendum prediction thread on: September 13, 2014, 08:58:32 am
Based on current number, I'd still bet on No (by 51 to 53%), but everything depends on the movement we see in polls throughout the next week.

Updated to No by 53-55.
96  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Germany: SPD Minister-President wants to turn his Land into a theocracy on: September 13, 2014, 07:33:09 am
Disgusting. I wouldn't have imagined Germany was so backwards in this regard.
97  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Perhaps the most out-of-touch video ever on: September 13, 2014, 04:45:48 am
this is why some people want to bring back the guillotine

Indeed. These people must be beheaded.
98  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rush Limbaugh 1993. on: September 13, 2014, 04:30:58 am
Why would I want to watch Rush Limbaugh, ever? I'm much better off pretending he doesn't exist.
99  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Plan to split California into 6 states advances on: September 13, 2014, 04:29:53 am
So more than a third of their signatures were fake? LOL
100  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Who would you rather have win: Shenna Bellows or Amanda Curtis? on: September 13, 2014, 04:26:53 am
Curtis is the best Senate candidate ever, so obviously her.
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