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« Reply #75 on: January 30, 2006, 02:35:54 pm »

While the abrupt departure of Yates from Atlasia is of concern to me, as we don't know what has happened to him IRL, I am pleased to have found an extremely capable replacement for Deputy Secretary of Fourm Affairs, and that is MHS2002.
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« Reply #76 on: January 30, 2006, 03:11:33 pm »

Per the terms of Article I, Section 4 of the Constitution:

If a vacancy shall occur in a Class B Senate seat, then a special election shall be called to fill the remainder of the vacated term within one week of the vacancy occurring.  Such special election shall be held from midnight Eastern Standard Time on a Friday and shall conclude exactly 72 hours later.

A special election shall be held for the District 2 Senate seat, being vacated by Senator Al, beginning at midnight this Friday, February 3.
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« Reply #77 on: January 30, 2006, 05:01:19 pm »

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I have noticed some of the notes in the Wiki and there is some confusion. If a voter misses two consecutive elections, the voter is removed from the rolls. If the reregister, are they New, or is New only used to refer to a brand new voter who has never registered before?
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« Reply #78 on: January 30, 2006, 10:20:10 pm »

If a voter misses two consecutive elections, the voter is removed from the rolls. If the reregister, are they New, or is New only used to refer to a brand new voter who has never registered before?

Thanks for the question, Mr. Attorney General.

I have been marking as "new" both brand-new voters as well as such prodigal voters as you have described.

I can't always know whether someone has been here before, especially during the time before I was active, making it impractical to try to recall such things, and furthermore, I take "new" to simply mean someone whose registration was not previously current (i.e. not on the voter rolls), so I think it would be problematic to give prodigals special protection not afforded to newbies when determining whether to remove them.  Please let me know if you disagree with how I've been handling this.

Which notes on the Wiki are confusing?  I don't update that site; I just use the Excel voter roll files.
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« Reply #79 on: January 31, 2006, 10:04:02 am »

I seem to recall that, when the rule was introduced, it was meant to apply only to the genuinely new. I may be mistaken though; might make sense to look at the constitutional convention proceedings if they still exist.
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« Reply #80 on: January 31, 2006, 10:10:07 am »

I seem to recall that, when the rule was introduced, it was meant to apply only to the genuinely new. I may be mistaken though; might make sense to look at the constitutional convention proceedings if they still exist.

They don't exist because that forum software crashed and I don't think King bothered to retrieve the data. Nonetheless, that was originally intended.

You can however read some of my recent ranting on the subject here

There is actually a complete registration history on the wiki if Q wants to know whether people have been previously registered.

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« Reply #81 on: January 31, 2006, 03:34:36 pm »

Thank you for the link, Peter.  Is it accurate to say that the law does not address whether prodigals should be considered as "new"?  I don't believe the Department's current policy violates the clause you cited.
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« Reply #82 on: January 31, 2006, 04:13:16 pm »

Article V, Section 2, Clause 6
Any registered voter who fails to vote in elections for four months, and any first-time registrant who fails to vote in the first scheduled Senate elections for which he is qualified to vote shall have his registration no longer considered valid. This clause shall not be construed to deny a forum user the right to register anew.

I suppose you might be able to twist the meaning of "first-time registrant" to your present policy, though I wouldn't recommend it.
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« Reply #83 on: January 31, 2006, 10:26:27 pm »

My apologies for the delay, but I will happily confirm MHS2002 to the position of Deputy SoFA.
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« Reply #84 on: January 31, 2006, 11:12:56 pm »

Excellent.  I am very pleased that MHS2002 may now take office.

Mr. President, what is your opinion on the issue of prodigal voters that peter and I have been discussing?  I will defer to your opinion on this matter.
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« Reply #85 on: February 01, 2006, 12:19:08 am »

Which notes on the Wiki are confusing?  I don't update that site; I just use the Excel voter roll files.

When editting a Wiki page you can put on note on what was editted. View Josh22 for example who missed two consecutive elections and then returned. https://uselectionatlas.org/AFEWIKI/index.php?title=Template:Voter_Josh22&action=history Notice the comments by Peter and Ebowed.

And yes, the Excel files are the official records. Several of us try to keep the Wiki up to date. But it is usually behind. Would you mind if I add a link to your files from the Wiki page noting the that the Wiki is unofficial and only your records are official (and change it whenever a new SoFA takes over)?
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« Reply #86 on: February 01, 2006, 12:27:49 am »

Would you mind if I add a link to your files from the Wiki page noting the that the Wiki is unofficial and only your records are official (and change it whenever a new SoFA takes over)?

Not at all.  That would make a lot of sense.

And regarding those conflicting notes: Peter's is his own interpretation of the law; Ebowed',s is his own.  I'd wait to hear from the President before deciding for sure how to treat such registrations.
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« Reply #87 on: February 02, 2006, 06:05:55 pm »

The voter rolls have been updated.
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« Reply #88 on: February 06, 2006, 05:24:40 am »

The District 2 Senate Special Election has ended in a tie between the candidates Supersoulty and Peter Bell.
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« Reply #89 on: February 07, 2006, 12:37:56 am »
« Edited: February 09, 2006, 10:28:56 pm by SoFA Q »

I originally posted this more than a month ago, but I'm bumping this here.  Reminder about declaration deadline below.

Candidates Recognized by the Department of Forum Affairs for Appearance on the Ballot in the February 2006 Federal Elections (to Date)

This election will commence at midnight on Friday, February 17 and conclude at 11:59:59pm on Sunday, February 19 (all times Eastern).  Declarations of candidacy must be made at least seven days before the beginning of the election, or by Thursday, February 9.

President/Vice President
Ilikeverin/PBrunsel
Jesus/
John Ford/True Independent
Ebowed/Q

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Mideast
Emsworth
MasterJedi

Midwest
Ernest
Lewis Trondheim
Yates

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Brian from Family Guy
Colin Wixted

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Jesus
WMS

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Bacon King
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Htmldon
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« Reply #90 on: February 07, 2006, 10:44:01 am »

I thought Jake was a candidate for the Southeast senate seat.
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« Reply #91 on: February 07, 2006, 10:55:30 am »

I thought Jake was a candidate for the Southeast senate seat.

Jake is the incumbent, but he has not yet officially declared his intentions to seek re-election.
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« Reply #92 on: February 07, 2006, 03:46:02 pm »

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I would like to solicit opinions as to why the District 2 Senate Special Election should not proceed to a runoff, even if one of the candidates has since conceded.

Some people have acted with presumption lately; I would prefer to exercise prudence.
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« Reply #93 on: February 07, 2006, 04:17:39 pm »
« Edited: February 07, 2006, 06:15:06 pm by Peter Bell »

I took Supersoulty's concession as having legal effect as since one is able to concede one's victory over another, it stands to reason that one should be able to concede one's tie with another.

I hardly see my action as presumptive - it is quite clear what Supersoulty intended. Regardless, it is ultimately your decision to hold the runoff or not, and I will have no option to accept your decision and then take appropriate action.
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« Reply #94 on: February 07, 2006, 06:58:06 pm »

I suppose that since the law is sufficiently unclear, I will follow the lead of the judge who allowed Frank Lautenberg onto the ballot in New Jersey in 2002, saying that the people's right to representation in the Senate outweighed certain legal technicalities.  Dubious as that tenet may be, I believe that the need for representation of the Second District in the Senate is of greater concern that would be an attempt to determine how the relevant election laws would actually apply in this case, which seems quite unclear and probably cannot be determined with certainty.  Furthermore, I hope that the next president will set as a goal the revision of some of the less clear sections of the election laws so that the winner of an election is not subject to interpretation.

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With the concession of the candidate Supersoulty, the candidate Peter Bell is the only active candidate with the highest number of first preferences, and is thereby elected.
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« Reply #95 on: February 09, 2006, 01:52:29 am »

Reminder: Today is the last day for qualify for ballot status as a candidate in the February federal elections.
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« Reply #96 on: February 09, 2006, 04:54:15 pm »

I'm going to be in New York with my family this weekend.  I might have some internet access, might not, whatever.  I just didn't want to start another thread, so just to let everyone know.
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« Reply #97 on: February 10, 2006, 12:48:14 am »
« Edited: February 11, 2006, 11:28:27 pm by SoFA Q »

The deadline for announcements of candidacy has passed.  Thus the following is likely to be the final ballot for the February 2006 federal elections.

Candidates Recognized by the Department of Forum Affairs for Appearance on the Ballot in the February 2006 Federal Elections

This election will commence at midnight on Friday, February 17 and conclude at 11:59:59pm on Sunday, February 19 (all times Eastern).

President/Vice President
Ilikeverin/PBrunsel
John Ford/True Democrat
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Mideast
MasterJedi

Midwest
Ernest
Lewis Trondheim
Yates

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Brian from Family Guy
Colin Wixted

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Jesus
WMS

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Bacon King
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« Reply #98 on: February 15, 2006, 10:17:24 pm »

Is there an absentee ballot box, I may need to post in there.
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« Reply #99 on: February 15, 2006, 11:19:24 pm »

Is there an absentee ballot box, I may need to post in there.

I'm currently constructing it, but you may go ahead and post your ballot there if you wish.  It's been posted.
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