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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: April 14, 2014, 11:11:16 am
It's perhaps not the best idea, but let me give this at-large thing another shot. Tongue

On second thought, I'll give it some rest.

Are you withdrawing your candidacy, Simfan?
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian electorate maps - by poll/locality/postcode on: April 14, 2014, 09:52:33 am
It's back, bitches! Anton Kreitzer has been waiting long enough.

Metro Perth 2010 (electorates of Brand, Cowan, Curtin, Fremantle, Hasluck, Moore, Perth, Stirling, Swan and Tangney)

3  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Communes mapgasm on: April 07, 2014, 12:23:38 pm
Everything there is to know about the 2012 legislative elections: Calvados

4  General Politics / Political Debate / Re: Is America really a great democracy? on: April 07, 2014, 08:02:44 am
I find it hard to call it a democracy at all when almost ten million of its adult citizens are denied the right to vote either for the United States' chief executive or for their own effective legislative representation in Congress by virtue of where they live, whether it be in one of the United States' outlying colonial territories, in its own federal capital territory or in its vast carceral archipelago. Any nation that permits its states to revoke the right to vote from its citizens on the basis of a past felony conviction does not deserve to be referred to as a democracy anyway.
5  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: UConn vs UK: Who wins? on: April 06, 2014, 04:30:01 pm
Any other UConn alumni out there?
6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Communes mapgasm on: April 04, 2014, 11:24:23 am
I think this one might be a little easier to understand. Also includes Paris by arrondissement.


7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Communes mapgasm on: April 01, 2014, 01:49:08 pm
This just is INSANE. Shocked And brilliant, too. The map's a bit hard to decipher, but definitely worth looking into. Fantastic work! Cheesy

Well, if you have requests for other départements or variables, let me know and I can "look into it"... Wink
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: French Communes mapgasm on: April 01, 2014, 10:49:13 am
Resurrecting the Mapgasm thread with the trial run of an exciting new innovation. Three (generally) independent variables are simultaneously mapped with a comprehensive, continuous 4,096 color scale. Since the color scale is three-dimensional, I can't really show it effectively here, but it encompasses every point within the representative cube in the image.



I should be arrested for killing the mapping game.
9  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 31, 2014, 09:52:34 am
OFFICIAL RESULTS

AT-LARGE SENATE (election to fill vacancy)

FIRST BALLOT

ALFRED F. JONES 38 (Bore, Cranberry, Sjoyce, YSY, Flo, Dr Cynic, Icehand Gino, Alfred, Talleyrand, Adam OABB, Adam Griffin, Sirnick, A. Belano, Badger, Ogre Mage, DemPGH, Zanas, Somebody, Njall, Sol, ilikeverin, Ebowed, Sir John Johns, Malaspina, rejectamenta, TDAS04, Bacon King, Bacon Bacon, Marokai, Antonio V, morgieb, Sibboleth, MaxQue, Peternerdman, badgate, TNF, hawkeye, Gass)

DEUS NATURAE 35 (Spiral, Maxwell, Goldwater, Deus, Sanchez, Small L, Napoleon, Peeperkorn, Cathcon, Cris, Sbane, Elections Guy, Torie, Jack Enderman, Rogue Beaver, cinyc, Rooney, Shua, PiT, dead0man, Dallas, Vosem, Mechaman, Hashemite, Nathan, ProgReal, Bgwah, Xahar, Windjammer, Rosettastoned, Tyrion, Velasco, Snowguy, Brewer, Jbrase)

SIMFAN 28 (Fritz, Simfan, Grumps, Hagrid, benconstine, Matt, Superique, Riley Keaton, Oakvale, Polnut, Scott, Winfield, Pingvin, Master Jedi, Inks, Oldiesfreak, Devin, Antineutrino, Simfan, Hifly, Duke, Keystone Phil, Miles, Cincinnatus, Grant, Averroes, Franzl, ZuWo)

JCL 10 (WI) (Lumine, tmthforu, Cassius, A. Kreitzer, DC al Fine, TJ in Cleve, Reaganfan, JCL, Dereich, NCYankee)

POIROT 3 (WI) (Homely, Poirot, Oak Hills)

HATMAN 1 (WI) (Hatman)

INVALID 2 (Snowstalker, Bmotley)
 


SECOND BALLOT

ALFRED F. JONES 40 (Bore, Cranberry, Sjoyce, YSY, Flo, Dr Cynic, Icehand Gino, Alfred, Talleyrand, Adam OABB, Adam Griffin, Sirnick, A. Belano, Badger, Ogre Mage, DemPGH, Zanas, Somebody, Njall, Sol, ilikeverin, Ebowed, Sir John Johns, Malaspina, rejectamenta, TDAS04, Bacon King, Bacon Bacon, Marokai, Antonio V, morgieb, Sibboleth, MaxQue, Peternerdman, badgate, TNF, hawkeye, Gass, Oak Hills, Hatman)

DEUS NATURAE 38 (Spiral, Maxwell, Goldwater, Deus, Sanchez, Small L, Napoleon, Peeperkorn, Cathcon, Cris, Sbane, Elections Guy, Torie, Jack Enderman, Rogue Beaver, cinyc, Rooney, Shua, PiT, dead0man, Dallas, Vosem, Mechaman, Hashemite, Nathan, ProgReal, Bgwah, Xahar, Windjammer, Rosettastoned, Tyrion, Velasco, Snowguy, Brewer, A. Kreitzer, JCL, Poirot, Jbrase)

SIMFAN 37 (Fritz, Simfan, Grumps, Hagrid, benconstine, Matt, Superique, Riley Keaton, Oakvale, Polnut, Scott, Winfield, Pingvin, Master Jedi, Inks, Oldiesfreak, Devin, Antineutrino, Simfan, Hifly, Duke, Keystone Phil, Miles, Cincinnatus, Grant, Averroes, Franzl, ZuWo, Lumine, tmthforu, Cassius, DC al Fine, TJ in Cleve, Reaganfan, Dereich, NCYankee, Homely)

INVALID 2 (Snowstalker, Bmotley)



THIRD BALLOT

ALFRED F. JONES 56 (Bore, Cranberry, Sjoyce, YSY, Flo, Dr Cynic, Icehand Gino, Alfred, Talleyrand, Adam OABB, Adam Griffin, Sirnick, A. Belano, Badger, Ogre Mage, DemPGH, Zanas, Somebody, Njall, Sol, ilikeverin, Ebowed, Sir John Johns, Malaspina, rejectamenta, TDAS04, Bacon King, Bacon Bacon, Marokai, Antonio V, morgieb, Sibboleth, MaxQue, Peternerdman, badgate, TNF, hawkeye, Gass, Oak Hills, Hatman, Fritz, Grumps, benconstine, Matt, Superique, Oakvale, Polnut, Scott, A Person, Hifly, Duke, Averroes, Franzl, Cincinnatus, Homely, Lumine)

DEUS NATURAE 55 (Spiral, Maxwell, Jbrase, Goldwater, Deus, Sanchez, Small L, Napoleon, Peeperkorn, Cathcon, Cris, Sbane, Elections Guy, Torie, Jack Enderman, Rogue Beaver, cinyc, Rooney, Shua, PiT, dead0man, Dallas, Vosem, Mechaman, Hashemite, Nathan, ProgReal, Bgwah, Xahar, Windjammer, Rosettastoned, Tyrion, Velasco, Snowguy, Brewer, A. Kreitzer, JCL, Poirot, Hagrid, Riley Keaton, Winfield, Pingvin, Master Jedi, Inks, Oldiesfreak, Antineutrino, Miles, Grant, ZuWo, tmthforu, Cassius, DC al Fine, TJ in Cleve, Dereich, NCYankee)

EXHAUSTED 4 (Reaganfan, Simfan, Keystone Phil, Devin)

INVALID 2 (Snowstalker, Bmotley)



ALFRED F. JONES is elected At-Large Senator.

There was a total turnout of 117 votes, with 2 ballot papers being rejected.

I, Homelycooking, Secretary of Federal Elections, declare the above results to be a complete and accurate summary of the votes cast.

10  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 31, 2014, 08:09:57 am
I think that this may have been the first time during my tenure as SoFE that I managed to close the voting booth after exactly 72 hours.
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: March 2014 At-Large Special Senate Election - ELECTION TRACKER on: March 28, 2014, 06:19:42 pm
Well, the current state of the race is like this, with 36 ballots cast:

Alfred 13
Simfan 8
Deus 7
JCL 4
Poirot 3
Hatman 1

Since there's one candidate to be elected, the quota is 19. Redistribution proceeds like so:

Alfred 13
Simfan 8
Deus 7
JCL 4
Poirot 4

Alfred 15
Simfan 9
Deus 7
JCL 5

Alfred 15
Simfan 12
Deus 9

Simfan 20
Alfred 15
exhausted 1

Having exceeded the quota, Simfan would be elected.
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Your Presidential Voting Record and States You've voted in on: March 28, 2014, 06:09:08 pm
2012 - Rocky Anderson (Connecticut)
13  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 28, 2014, 04:49:23 pm
The fact that I've served for this long, severed any and all attachments to partisan politics and campaigning and devoted my efforts in Atlasia entirely to administering elections probably makes me difficult to replace anyway, since I think that people might expect the same of a new SoFE.

We've been here before, haven't we? I make some blunder, offer to resign, and when many people express their desire for me to continue in the job, I stay on. I very much appreciate the expressions of confidence in my work that I've received from many here, though I'm certain that I haven't done as "wonderful" of a job as many seem to think. Perhaps it's possible for a SoFE to have a better track record, allowing for the occasional blunder, perhaps not. Perhaps we'll never know! Tongue
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 28, 2014, 03:22:32 pm
Well, at the very least, I'll certainly be around to administer (on time!) the April general election.

I've been at this job for two and a half years, and I must admit that I'm not as passionate about it as I was back in - incredible to think of it - 2011. I still want to do my job fairly and responsibly, and I'll keep serving for as long as the President and Senate wish me to. But if there is someone who really has his heart set on this job, I will step aside in favor of that person. It might be time to give someone else a chance.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: March 2014 At-Large Special Senate Election on: March 28, 2014, 11:04:38 am
1. Write-in: Poirot
2. Simfan34
3. Alfred F. Jones
4. Deus naturae
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 28, 2014, 11:03:42 am
Poirot and JCL declared less than 24 hours before the start of the election, so they have official write-in status, but can't be listed on the ballot.

That is unfortunate. There was a 20 hour period after the confirmation of the election to meet the ballot deadline.

I confirmed that there would be an election on March 26 at 9 AM. The election began today, March 28, at 9AM. The deadline for announcing one's candidacy was therefore set, by law, at 9 AM on March 27, 24 hours before the commencement of the election. You and JCL announced your candidacies on March 27 at about 5 PM, 16 hours before the election. If I had opened the voting booth on time, you would have declared only 7 hours before the election.

I've made lots of mistakes in this election, but I don't think that this is one of them. My apologies to you and JCL, Poirot, but for the time being I can only recommend that you declare your candidacy as early as possible if you want to be included on the ballot. 

I think it might be reasonable to change the law to allow for last-minute declarations of candidacies before special elections, however. I don't see any practical reason why Poirot and JCL should be kept off the ballot. 

17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 28, 2014, 08:14:04 am
If there's someone who is really interested in becoming SoFE, you might want to consider replacing me with that person. You guys deserve better.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 28, 2014, 08:11:38 am
It would have been opened had I not fallen asleep at my computer. I'm really very sorry, this is the best that I can do. Poirot and JCL declared less than 24 hours before the start of the election, so they have official write-in status, but can't be listed on the ballot.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / March 2014 At-Large Special Senate Election on: March 28, 2014, 08:08:50 am
REPUBLIC OF ATLASIA - In Dave We Trust
Official Ballot

This special election is held in accordance with Article V of the Constitution and with the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act. The regular election begins at 9:08:50 EDT, Friday, March 28, and ends at 9:08:50 EDT, Monday, March 31.

DO NOT EDIT OR DELETE THE POST CONTAINING YOUR BALLOT IN ANY WAY AFTER 20 MINUTES OF ITS BEING POSTED OR YOUR VOTE WILL BE INVALIDATED

The act of campaigning within the election booth is strictly forbidden and will render void any votes made by those who campaign. The act of campaigning is considered to include, but is not limited to, strong attempts to compel others either to vote or not to vote for one or multiple candidates, or other related activities that could reasonably be construed as a direct attempt to influence how future voters cast their ballots. In other words, this is not a discussion thread. In short, the department will be taking a liberal interpreation of this, so Keep posts to votes only.

Place the numbers 1, 2, etc. in the space provided beside the candidates who you wish to vote for to designate your order of preference for these candidates.  If any other mark or attempt to order the candidates is made, the Department of Forum Affairs will make every effort to deduce voter intent from the content of the ballot, but the warning must be issued that failure to follow the above instructions may result in the invalidation of your ballot in the event of an inability to discern voter intent.  You are an eligible voter in general if you were registered to vote on or before the proper date, and if you made 10 posts in any location within the Atlas Forum in the 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the regular election. In other words, if your name appears on the Census list, you can presume you are eligible.  

In the event that you do not support any listed candidate or that you support one or many candidates that are not listed in addition to those that are, you may write in other candidates and include them in your list of preferences.  Space is provided for one such write-in, but as many can be listed as you wish.  In the event that you do not support any listed candidate, and do not wish to write in any candidate, you may place an X or a 1 beside "None of the above", and only beside "None of the above".  In the event that an X or a 1 appears beside "None of the above" on a ballot, all other marks or numbers will be ignored.  It is not permissible under current election law to vote for both "None of the above" and other candidates.

Note that voting begins at midnight and ends in exactly 72 hours.

Names of candidates follow in alphabetical order.



AT-LARGE SENATE (1 vacancy to fill)


[  ] Alfred F. Jones of Maine
Labor Party



[  ] Deus naturae of New York
Democratic-Republican Party



[  ] Simfan34 of California
The People's Party



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above
[/quote]
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 27, 2014, 08:09:52 am
REPUBLIC OF ATLASIA - In Dave We Trust
Sample Ballot

This special election is held in accordance with Article V of the Constitution and with the Consolidated Electoral System Reform Act. The regular election begins at 0:00 EDT, Friday, March 28, and ends at 0:00 EDT, Monday, March 31.

DO NOT EDIT OR DELETE THE POST CONTAINING YOUR BALLOT IN ANY WAY AFTER 20 MINUTES OF ITS BEING POSTED OR YOUR VOTE WILL BE INVALIDATED

The act of campaigning within the election booth is strictly forbidden and will render void any votes made by those who campaign. The act of campaigning is considered to include, but is not limited to, strong attempts to compel others either to vote or not to vote for one or multiple candidates, or other related activities that could reasonably be construed as a direct attempt to influence how future voters cast their ballots. In other words, this is not a discussion thread. In short, the department will be taking a liberal interpreation of this, so Keep posts to votes only.

Place the numbers 1, 2, etc. in the space provided beside the candidates who you wish to vote for to designate your order of preference for these candidates.  If any other mark or attempt to order the candidates is made, the Department of Forum Affairs will make every effort to deduce voter intent from the content of the ballot, but the warning must be issued that failure to follow the above instructions may result in the invalidation of your ballot in the event of an inability to discern voter intent.  You are an eligible voter in general if you were registered to vote on or before the proper date, and if you made 10 posts in any location within the Atlas Forum in the 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the regular election. In other words, if your name appears on the Census list, you can presume you are eligible.  

In the event that you do not support any listed candidate or that you support one or many candidates that are not listed in addition to those that are, you may write in other candidates and include them in your list of preferences.  Space is provided for one such write-in, but as many can be listed as you wish.  In the event that you do not support any listed candidate, and do not wish to write in any candidate, you may place an X or a 1 beside "None of the above", and only beside "None of the above".  In the event that an X or a 1 appears beside "None of the above" on a ballot, all other marks or numbers will be ignored.  It is not permissible under current election law to vote for both "None of the above" and other candidates.

Note that voting begins at midnight and ends in exactly 72 hours.

Names of candidates follow in alphabetical order.



AT-LARGE SENATE (1 vacancy to fill)


[  ] Alfred F. Jones of Massachusetts
Labor Party



[  ] Deus naturae of New York
Democratic-Republican Party



[  ] Simfan34 of California
The People's Party



[  ] Write-in:______________________________
-__________________



[  ] None of the above
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 27, 2014, 08:07:41 am
This little faux pas also speaks volumes about my level of engagement with Atlasian politics nowadays. Tongue
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 26, 2014, 09:43:04 pm
I should have made a formal announcement. This is another instance in which I am made aware that something which I see as self-evident and obvious apparently isn't to everyone else. Apologies.

The fact that no one really noticed or took much interest in the Senate vacancy until the last minute, however, speaks volumes about the current level of engagement with Atlasian politics.
23  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Homelycooking, SoFE on: March 26, 2014, 08:02:01 am
Yes, of course. It will start in about 39 hours.
24  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Northeast Voting Booth: Amendment to Article V on: March 22, 2014, 07:58:12 am
Aye
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2008 U.S. Presidential Election Results / Re: Lemington, Norton, Searsburg, VT on: March 20, 2014, 10:08:14 pm
Thanks! Nice of you to say that.

Here's a photo from Lemington. Beautiful, remote countryside with Monadnock Mountain towering over the upper Connecticut River valley.

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