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1  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: November 2016 Southern Regional Election on: November 19, 2016, 11:46:11 pm
Governor:
[2] dfwlibertylover (FED-TX)
[1] NeverAgain (LAB-VA)
[ ] write-in:

Chamber of Delegates:
[5] Ben Kenobi (ACP-TX)
[1] fhtagn (LAB-NC)
[4] Jack Enderman (FED-FL)
[2] Leinad (FED-GA)
[3] PiT (The Physicist) (FED-LA)
[ ] write-in:

2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Lock, upset, bold prediction. on: November 07, 2016, 06:32:50 pm
Lock: Burr wins
Upset: Pat McCrory is re-elected
Bold: Roy Blunt wins by over 3%
3  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Government / Re: Bacon King v. SOFE on: November 02, 2016, 09:58:09 pm
Hello, I've been called as a witness, due to my experience as Atlasia's longest serving Secretary of Forum Affairs (July 2008 - December 2009). As SoFA I presided over a similarly contentious election between Lief and PiT, held in June 2009. The result was a tie, and the rule back then was that whoever had the most first preferences won the election, so since one of PiT's voters preferenced the great Ataslian gporter first, he did not win. Anyway, the result was contentions because as SoFA I was responsible for invalidating several votes, which did admittedly advantage Lief. Of course, unlike the defendant I wasn't on the ballot.  What followed was a lengthy court challenge which you can read about here: http://uselectionatlas.org/FORUM/index.php?topic=98165

As you can see from the case, I took great lengths to ensure the law was upheld and to receive input from other citizens to make my decision, because I wanted to do what was fair and what was best for Atlasia.

I cannot recollect a time while I was SoFA where I disallowed a vote for campaigning, though I believe it was a law at the time. Something like that would have to be fairly egregious and well, obvious for me to believe that a ballot should be disallowed over. "Campaigning" in the true spirit of the law means something much more than what either Hashemite or BRTD have done.  At the very least, let's look at the intent here. How can one campaign against the very ticket you voted for?  That doesn't make any sense. The law was put in there to prevent people from unduly influencing other voters, and I do not believe that could possibly have been the intent or the result of the actions of either Hashemite or BRTD.

So to conclude, if I were the SoFA or the SoFE or whatever you guys are calling it these days, I would not have disallowed these votes. Of course, had I been running in the the election in the first place, I would have either resigned my post or had my deputy run the show and recused myself from managing election.

Thank you for time.

I have also been called as a witness, and wholeheartedly echo Earl's sentiments in his testimony. I am a former three-time Deputy Secretary of Federal Elections and Secretary of Federal Elections to boot. I have administered multiple federal elections, and worked closely with my immediate predecessor, the longest serving Secretary of Federal Elections, Homelycooking.

Campaigning is defined as "work in an organized and active way toward a particular goal, typically a political or social one". No goal, let alone "organized and active" manner was expressed in the votes cast by BRTD or Hashemite, which expressed a negative opinion of vice presidential candidate, Kingpoleon. They did not make any attempt to influence the outcome of the election, and their respective statements simply amount to harmless commentary. The idea that they were "campaigning" is further undermined by the fact that they ended up voting for the ticket of Blair/Kingpoleon.

During my tenure as SoFE or Homelycooking's before me, and as far as I am aware, those of Teddy and Earl before either of us, no votes were invalidated for "campaigning". That was a period amounting around seven years. During this time, votes with comments such as "all of these candidates are great" or "anyone but [candidate xxx]" were readily accepted, as they were not campaigning. Unless a vote quite explicitly attempts to influence the ballots of a another candidate by encouraging them to vote for or against a candidate (pursuant to the definition provided in an earlier paragraph), the vote in question should be valid.

I am afraid that allowing the (what I believe illegal) invalidation of the 2 votes in question would set quite a dangerous precedent, widely expanding the definition of what is considered "campaigning" and set quite an ambiguous standard leaving opening for abuse by future SoFEs while also straying from the provided definition of "campaigning".

In addition, I strongly believe Rpryor should have recused himself from counting the votes in an election in which he took part, or at the very least, allowed an independent party or parties to provide a recommendation on whether the votes in question should have been counted, so as to avoid any personal judgment clouding his decision.

For all these reasons, I strongly encourage the court to reinstate the validity of both the votes of BRTD and Hashemite.

Thank you.
4  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2016 Federal Election on: October 22, 2016, 07:45:41 am
Pres- 1. Xahar/Bacon King, 2. Blair/Kingpoleon, 3. Yankee/Rpryor

House- 1. Earl, 2. Siren, 3. NeverAgain, 4. Peebs, 5. Fitzgerald, 6. Southern Gothic
5  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2016 Southern Senate Runoff Election on: October 22, 2016, 07:37:50 am
Southern Gothic

6  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Gubernatorial Election Polls / MT- Mason Dixon: Bullock up 2 on: October 16, 2016, 06:56:15 am
http://billingsgazette.com/news/government-and-politics/the-governor-s-race-is-incredibly-close-bullock-leads-gianforte/article_84f27ffc-68e0-506d-bad7-11c74c9eb10c.html

Bullock (D): 47
Gianforte (R): 45

Yeah... Bullock isn't going to hold on.
7  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: October 2016 Southern Senate Election on: October 15, 2016, 11:25:45 am
Class I- Peebs

Class 2- Southern Gothic
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: What is your prediction for the Senate Races this year on: October 06, 2016, 06:43:35 pm
Democrats will gain Illinois and Wisconsin, but lose Nevada. Unfortunately, Clinton will face an extremely hostile congress.
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Phyllis Schlafly dead at 92 on: September 05, 2016, 06:31:09 pm
http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2016/09/05/longtime-conservative-icon-phyllis-schlafly-dies-at-92/
10  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian Territory Elections, 2016 on: August 27, 2016, 04:12:22 am
My last minute prediction- 14 ALP, 5 Independent, 6 CLP
11  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Voting Booth / Re: August 2016 House of Representative Elections on: August 21, 2016, 07:46:41 pm
1. Talleyrand
2. Peebs
3. Clyde
4. Evergreen
5. ClarkKent
6. Never Again
7. Santandar
8. Abraham Washington
12  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 U.S. Presidential Election / Why is Clinton underperforming in Nevada and Iowa? on: August 18, 2016, 10:37:52 am
Interested to hear any explanations or #analysis for this...
13  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of TNvolunteer? on: August 17, 2016, 10:39:59 pm
Obvious FF, in spite of his terrible politics.
14  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Rpryor03, SOFE on: August 17, 2016, 10:11:59 pm
Thanks and sorry- did not realize.
15  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Department of Federal Elections: Rpryor03, SOFE on: August 17, 2016, 02:51:56 pm
Since I have sent two private messages, but received no response...

Can my name on the ballot be listed as "TexasDemocrat/Talleyrand" or "Talleyrand". The latter was what I was listed as in all six federal elections for which I was a candidate, while the former is what I am currently registered as under the Census Bureau. Considering this is the name that I've been known by on the forum for almost four years, I think it's only fair that it's what I'm listed as. At the very least, I think "TexasDemocrat/Talleyrand" would be fair.

Thanks, Talleyrand
16  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Talleyrand for House on: August 16, 2016, 07:00:07 am
Question: Are you still a s**t in silk stockings?

Depends on your perspective, but I certainly won't deny it. Wink
17  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Talleyrand for House on: August 16, 2016, 06:51:45 am
Welcome back and good luck on your campaign.  Smiley

Question:  What is your main platform as a Nationalist Party candidate?
Thank you!

My main platform would be restoring activity to the House. I am also pretty interesting in working on environment and minority issues. I don't have a signature issue yet, but I am reading up on what legislation has been passed or debated in recent months to get a better idea. I can answer any specific policy question though!

Do you still consider yourself a leftist?  If so, why should Labor voters be pressured to support an open Marco Rubio supporter?

In real life, I am more or less a leftist, but in Atlasian terms I am running a basically non-ideological campaign. I would encourage Labor voters to consider voting for me due to my past history with the party, and because I do share many of the same social justice values. But I won't be a partisan foot-soldier for any side.

As for my Rubio support, it stems from my sheer disgust with the two Democratic candidates in that senate election. I would have supported several other candidates against Rubio.
18  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Talleyrand for House on: August 14, 2016, 09:14:11 am
Why do you think you're qualified to be a member of the House?

I am a former Assemblyman, Secretary of State, Secretary of Federal Elections, Senator, Governor, Speaker, President Pro Tempore, and Representative.

I also bring a fresh, independent voice outside the Labor-Federalist hegemony.
19  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Talleyrand for House on: August 13, 2016, 10:02:54 pm
Friends, I have returned to Atlasia and announced my campaign for the House of Representatives.

I am open to questions.
20  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: August 13, 2016, 09:59:32 pm
Talleyrand
Nationalist Party
Texas
Welcome back to the game

Thank you! I am looking forward to seeing how it has changed.
21  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: Candidate Declaration Thread on: August 13, 2016, 09:57:27 pm
I will be running for the House.
22  Atlas Fantasy Elections / Atlas Fantasy Elections / Re: New Register Thread on: August 13, 2016, 09:57:04 pm
Talleyrand
Nationalist Party
Texas
23  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / FL-Sen: Will Rubio be re-elected? on: August 13, 2016, 09:11:44 am
Yes, he'll win by around 5 points when it's all said and done, heavily outperforming Trump. He will then become a top contender for the 2020 Republican contest.
24  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2016 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: FL - Suffolk: Rubio +13 on: August 05, 2016, 09:47:34 am
Democrats should triage Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Rubio, Portman, and Toomey are all safe. The only path to a Dem majority is IL+WI+NH+IN. Bayh will decline enough by election day that in the end Dems will only get 48 or 49 seats (47 if they lose Nevada...)

Clinton will have zero coattails.
25  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Australian Federal Election- July 2, 2016 on: July 05, 2016, 10:29:33 pm
The Coalition has taken the lead in Forde, bringing them to 74 seats. They're extremely likely to take Flynn and Capricornia, while Herbert and Hindmarsh look like decent chances too. They'll have a 76-78 seat majority in the end.
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