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1551  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: The On Second Thought, We Do Have Expectations Amendment on: June 04, 2013, 10:09:20 am
Aye
1552  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: We Need More Political Parties Amendment on: June 04, 2013, 10:08:45 am
The voting is closed. The amendment has been adopted by the Mideast.
1553  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: MA: Mideast Electoral Reform Act (Debating) on: June 03, 2013, 09:18:21 am
I am generally supportive of this proposal since I think that the secrecy of the ballot should be a key component in a modern democracy.

That being said, are we sure that this bill does not clash with any federal statutes or constitutional clauses?
1554  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Mideast Governor ZuWo and Lt. Governor Cathcon on: June 02, 2013, 03:01:55 pm
Using a colloquial term my Lt. Governor seems to love, I can announce that the supreme dawg of the Mideast has returned a bit earlier than expected. I will be able to contribute to the bills that have been introduced to the Assembly tomorrow.

Meanwhile, please have a look at the On Second Thought, We Do Have Expectations Amendment and vote!
1555  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Mideast Voting Booth: The On Second Thought, We Do Have Expectations Amendment on: June 02, 2013, 02:56:56 pm
Mideasterners, please vote AYE, NAY, or ABSTAIN on the following FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. This vote will last for seven days.

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The On Second Thought, We Do Have Expectations Amendment

If the President, Vice President, or a member of the Senate does not post on the Atlas Fantasy Government board for seven consecutive days (168 hours) without posting a leave of absence an article of impeachment shall be automatically placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly.

Whenever a Justice of the Supreme shall have failed to participate in the two consecutive rulings issued by said court, an article of impeachment shall be automatically placed before Senate in accordance with Article I, Section 2, Clause 3 of the Constitution and thus considered accordingly.

Participation in a case shall be determined by whether or not the Justice joined, concurred, dissented or recused himself in the case thread, by individual public post, for that particular case.
1556  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / (Minor) LOA (2 days) on: June 01, 2013, 01:38:28 am
I will not be available today and tomorrow due to a weekend trip. I will return and be able to debate the two bills that have already been introduced to the Assembly at the beginning of the next week, though.
1557  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Question the Power: Ask Me Anything! (Mideast) on: May 31, 2013, 09:33:56 am
Are there more questions? If not, I am going to close this month's session soon.
1558  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What languages do you speak? on: May 29, 2013, 03:39:37 pm
Swiss German, Swiss High German (not the same!), English, French, Italian and rudimentary Swedish, though I would probably get a good grasp of Swedish in a relatively short period of time if I made a serious effort at studying it (because it's so similar to German).
1559  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Inks.LWC v. the Mideast Region (Mideast Superior Court) on: May 29, 2013, 01:11:30 am
I am not planning to appoint anyone else as the representative of the Mideast, so if Siren wishes to represent the region and is recognized by the court I will accept that.
1560  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—LITTLE ROCK, AR (By-Law Vote—READ THE DAMN THINGS FIRST!) on: May 28, 2013, 04:29:04 am
1-16: Aye
17: Nay
1561  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Loonyism Referendum Tracker on: May 28, 2013, 04:18:47 am

What a "Type 99 seabird" or "AHHertog99" is isn't entirely clear. We certainly have nobody registered under those names. All it does is make the process unnecessarily complicated for no reason whatsoever.

Don't play dumb, Samuel McCarthy Joyce. If you're not intelligent enough to know who those people are, then I have no idea what you're doing as Emperor.

I already explained quite clearly how it makes the process a lot longer, and those names certainly aren't as clear as they could be.

But you still haven't answered the Why question.

You will never get an answer. I asked the very same question, and so did Inks and LuminevonReuental (and other Atlasians I'm probably forgetting) in previous debates. The simple reason is that there is no answer. It is not necessary to cast your ballot in a foreign language unless you want to complicate matters or come across as incredibly cool or smart.
Now if we had a substantial number of citizens who were unable to read and write in English I could understand why it is necessary to cast ballots in foreign languages. But that's not the case.
1562  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Regional Governments / Re: Inks.LWC v. the Mideast Region (Mideast Superior Court) on: May 28, 2013, 02:28:32 am
I haven't really realized that I, as the new Governor, now represent the region, the defendant in this case, so I'm sorry for the delay. Wink

Anyway, as odd as it may seem, I do not intend to file a brief to defend the region because I essentially agree with Inks. Indeed, I have always been in favor of a stricter enforcement of the "no campaigning in the voting booth" clause.
1563  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Question the Power: Ask Me Anything! (Mideast) on: May 27, 2013, 03:29:13 pm
What are your thoughts on modifying the way Mideast amendments are voted on so that Abstaining votes are omitted from the count (ie. don't count as Nay)?

I absolutely support this idea. Voting "abstain" is more or less pointless when it essentially counts as a "nay", and it's also confusing. Indeed, I am pretty sure that not every Mideasterner who voted "abstain" at some point was aware that his/her vote would be treated as a "nay" vote.
1564  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: We Need More Political Parties Amendment on: May 27, 2013, 09:52:45 am
Aye
1565  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Mideast Voting Booth: We Need More Political Parties Amendment on: May 27, 2013, 09:51:52 am
Mideasterners, please vote AYE, NAY, or ABSTAIN on the following FEDERAL CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. This vote will last for seven days.

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We Need More Political Parties Amendment

Article V, Section 1, Clause 7 of the Constitution is hereby amended to read the following:

"7. Any political party of three or more members is considered to be an organized political party. The benefits of being an organized political party may be determined by the Senate by appropriate legislation."
1566  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Mideast Governor ZuWo and Lt. Governor Cathcon on: May 27, 2013, 09:50:36 am
Thanks for the reminder!

Since the "Federal Amendment Amendment 2" makes clear that a vote on a federal amendment should begin on the Thursday which follows the amendment's adoption by the Senate and that day already passed, the voting will begin in a few minutes.
1567  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Question the Power: Ask Me Anything! (Mideast) on: May 27, 2013, 09:14:41 am
Since the last of these events was meant to be held at the end of April, I am going to open a new session. I know it's very early into my term, but please ask your questions right away!
1568  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Mideast Governor ZuWo and Lt. Governor Cathcon on: May 27, 2013, 08:21:30 am
Federal Amendment Amendment 2 ratified

I am pleased to announce that the Federal Amendment Amendment 2 has been adopted by the citizens of the Mideast (by 16 to 8 votes if we accept drj's vote as valid). That's very positive from a constitutional point of view because it means the Mideast has a method to ratify federal amendments, which is important for Atlasia as a whole.

Thank you!
1569  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Loonyism Referendum Tracker on: May 27, 2013, 06:26:55 am
As useful as Google Translate may be in many cases, it fails miserably when it comes to certain non-standard language varieties such as for instance Swiss German, my own mother tongue. There are usually many ways in any given language to express approval or disapproval that are more complex than a mere "yes" or "no". What if, for example, I decided to vote "wägemine" or "momoll"? Do you really expect the person who is in charge of counting the votes to figure out what that means, possibly by consulting a dictionary of Swiss German or PMing Atlasians who might be able to understand these words?

In other words, allowing people to vote in any language variety they like can make things utterly messy for federal and regiona voting booth administrators. Because of this and because no one has ever been able to answer the question why it is even necessary to vote in a language other than English, we should only count votes that are cast in English.
1570  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: Mideast Voting Booth: Federal Amendment Amendment 2 on: May 27, 2013, 03:09:57 am
The voting is closed, and the amendment has been ratified!
1571  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Federalist Convention—LITTLE ROCK, AR (By-Law Amendments—IMPORTANT) on: May 26, 2013, 02:27:24 pm
I like your amendments, Hagrid. I am especially in favor of giving regional chairmen the ability to run regional endorsement votes. Clearly, this requires that our regional chairmen are active, so we will have to pay attention to this.
1572  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Rhubarb Surveys: Federalist Presidential Primary on: May 26, 2013, 02:19:33 pm
Matt and Maxwell.
1573  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Oakvale Situation on: May 26, 2013, 03:52:52 am
A primary is generally positive for the party because it generates more excitement and enthusiasm. That being said, I want to ask the candidates who are involved in the primary not to attack each other in an overly harsh way. This only hurts our party and helps our opponents, and I am sure this is not in the interest of anyone who is running in this primary.
1574  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: The Atlasian Laborinth - It's Baaaaack! on: May 26, 2013, 03:26:26 am
Looking at the entire article, I believe you have just made this up:

"One notable Federalist has whispered to "The Atlasian Laborinth" ..." [that he make take his case straight to the Federalist Convention floor and make a rational appeal for selecting him as their nominee.]

Hmm.

Is this the only part of my and other people's comments on your article you are going to reply to?
1575  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Office of Mideast Governor ZuWo and Lt. Governor Cathcon on: May 24, 2013, 01:34:23 pm
Attention Mideasterners,

you can vote on the "Federal Amendment Amendment 2". I encourage you to approve the amendment, which proposes a voting period of seven days and only requires a simple majority of Mideast citizens voting for a federal amendment to be ratified.

You can vote in this thread:

http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=173947.new;boardseen#new
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