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HAPPY VOTING AMERICAN CHUMS !!
« on: 02/11/2004 10:43:22 »
Happy Voting American Chums.

Hope the machines work and the person with the most votes get's in this time !!!...actually, perhaps someone could explain that to me...how the person with the LEAST votes wins ?

Cheers and why not turn your voting moment into a picnic, take some sandwiches and a nice cup of tea.

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« Reply #1 on: 02/11/2004 11:31:59 »
Jon Stewart on the Daily Show put it best tonight.  He was talking about how they write up scripts for each outcome of the election for the night of Nov 3.  They were based on three outcomes:  Kerry wins, Bush wins, and civil war.  

My money's on Kerry.  I'm betting he wins by 4% or better.



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« Reply #2 on: 02/11/2004 12:03:11 »
please vote that stupid warmonger out before he waltzes into Korea!
 

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« Reply #3 on: 02/11/2004 12:44:51 »
He won't be waltzing into Korea, there's not enough oil to tempt him and also there's a chance they could fight back.

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« Reply #4 on: 02/11/2004 15:50:59 »
Bush would probably believe there was oil on the moon to be honest mate...
 

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« Reply #5 on: 02/11/2004 17:58:59 »
Quote from Bush - "what's the French for Duck a l'orange ?"

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« Reply #6 on: 02/11/2004 22:50:47 »
He'll waltz into Iran or Syria before he bothers with North Korea.  Actually, no he won't because we're voting the ignorant hick out of office today.  



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« Reply #7 on: 03/11/2004 00:08:06 »
You didn't tell us you were a supreme court judge Ylide!

or even one of the Supremes:)

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« Reply #8 on: 03/11/2004 03:02:54 »
quote:
Originally posted by neilep

Happy Voting American Chums.

Hope the machines work and the person with the most votes get's in this time !!!...actually, perhaps someone could explain that to me...how the person with the LEAST votes wins ?

Cheers and why not turn your voting moment into a picnic, take some sandwiches and a nice cup of tea.




Neil,
The founding fathers of our country decided that people should not vote directly, but should vote for an "electoral college" that would select the president.  I don't know, but my guess is that there were logistical problems with a direct popular vote back in the late 18th century.

The way the electoral college works, in most states, is that the majority vote in the state is counted and all the electoral delegates from the state vote for the popular winner.  Thus states with a high population (like California) have more weight than states with low population (like Wyoming).  Because of this, there is a lot of granularity in how the actual election can go.  If the popular vote is close, the winner of the electoral college may not be the same as the winner of the popular vote.  But the constitution says that the majority of the electoral college wins the election.  It really doesn't provide for the popular vote.

What happened in the 2000 election was that the electoral college was basically tied so that the winner of Florida (with 25 delegates) would win the election.  Unfortunately, Florida was almost exactly tied in the popular vote.  Thus lots of media attention was focused on any possible irregularity or ambiguity.  I think it was mostly a bunch of malarkey, but it was indeed the deciding factor in the presidential election.

If there is a clear majority across the country, there is not a problem.  It's only when the overall opinion is very close that weird things happen.  

All this said, some states can split their delegates to more accurately represent the voter split in the state.  If more states did this, the electoral vote would be more fair, but it could still make for some strange results.

In modern times, the vote could be counted directly.  This would require a constitutional amendment, which is (purposely) quite difficult.

So, there we are.  The election can possibly go to the "loser" of the popular vote.

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« Reply #9 on: 03/11/2004 04:47:37 »
*sigh* It's not looking good.  Can't really call it either way yet, but unless Kerry wins either Florida or Ohio, neither of which seem likely, he's probably going to lose.  Can I come to the UK?



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« Reply #10 on: 03/11/2004 05:33:24 »
Why go to the UK? They'll vote Tony Blair back in, same as Australia voted John Howard back in with an increased majority. GWB will get re-elected with a larger percentage of the vote and a majority in both houses (well..that's my prediction, anyway).
The general population does not want an unnecessary change during times of trouble.
The US voting system does confuse me, though. How can California be declared a victory for Sen. Kerry with all the electoral votes to him when less than 1% of the vote has been counted and Florida with 94% of the votes counted haven't decided. (Well, they have now, but only after 98% of the vote has been counted.)
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« Reply #11 on: 03/11/2004 07:07:09 »
I didn't think that states could split their electoral votes.  I thought it was in the constitution that all the votes go the way of the popular vote.  I think it's an all or nothing proposition.
 

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« Reply #12 on: 04/11/2004 00:36:00 »
Well..if congratulations are in order, then I offer them...if they are not...then I retract them.

I'm not a politician...but from what I can tell....they all do the same thing....setting aside despotic dictatorships....I find it hard to tell one from the other.

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« Reply #13 on: 04/11/2004 02:52:12 »
quote:
Originally posted by bezoar

I didn't think that states could split their electoral votes.  I thought it was in the constitution that all the votes go the way of the popular vote.  I think it's an all or nothing proposition.



I don't know for sure, but Colorado had a proposition on the ballot to split their electoral votes.  It was defeated, so all the Colorado electoral votes to to one candidate.  I doubt they would have had that sort of ballot initiative if the constitution specified no split.  There are other states that have the option apparently.

Here is a story about Maine:
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/10/12/maine.voting.ap/

Here is a story about Tennesee that mentions Nebraska having the option:
http://www.alphapatriot.com/home/archives/2004/10/11/tn_dems_want_to_split_electoral_vote.html

I can't speak for the accuracy of either, but CNN usually has some grain of truth.

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« Reply #14 on: 04/11/2004 08:26:28 »
quote:
Originally posted by roberth

Why go to the UK? They'll vote Tony Blair back in, same as Australia voted John Howard back in with an increased majority. GWB will get re-elected with a larger percentage of the vote and a majority in both houses (well..that's my prediction, anyway).
The general population does not want an unnecessary change during times of trouble.
The US voting system does confuse me, though. How can California be declared a victory for Sen. Kerry with all the electoral votes to him when less than 1% of the vote has been counted and Florida with 94% of the votes counted haven't decided. (Well, they have now, but only after 98% of the vote has been counted.)



I'll take Tony Blair over Shrub.  

As for the early predictions, it's done with statistical analysis of voting histories of certain districts of the state.  For instance, in California, if those 1% that are reporting are mostly the more conservative districts and Kerry is ahead after those are tallied, it can be projected that the rest of the state will vote for him in even greater numbers, hence the early win.  It's a big mess, but it somehow works.  Personally, I'd prefer a voting system that didn't waste the effectiveness of third parties, like France uses.  You rank the candidates order of preference for your vote, then each is assigned a fraction of the vote.  The person with the highest total at the end wins.  This could theoretically put a third party candidate in office, as Dems would probably put Kerry as first choice and Bush as last, and vice versa.  This means both sets of votes would probably choose someone like Nader or Badnarik as their second choice.   If enough people from both sides of the political spectrum rank that third party candidate as their second choice but neither primary party candidate gets a majority, that third party will probably win.

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« Reply #15 on: 04/11/2004 08:28:18 »
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quote:
Originally posted by bezoar

I didn't think that states could split their electoral votes.  I thought it was in the constitution that all the votes go the way of the popular vote.  I think it's an all or nothing proposition.



I don't know for sure, but Colorado had a proposition on the ballot to split their electoral votes.  It was defeated, so all the Colorado electoral votes to to one candidate.  I doubt they would have had that sort of ballot initiative if the constitution specified no split.  There are other states that have the option apparently.

Here is a story about Maine:
http://www.cnn.com/2004/ALLPOLITICS/10/12/maine.voting.ap/

Here is a story about Tennesee that mentions Nebraska having the option:
http://www.alphapatriot.com/home/archives/2004/10/11/tn_dems_want_to_split_electoral_vote.html

I can't speak for the accuracy of either, but CNN usually has some grain of truth.

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I voted against that provision.  It sounds like a good idea at first until you realize that a 270 electoral vote count is required to be elected president.  When you start letting states split the electoral votes without revamping the required electoral count, you start getting nasty things happening like Congress deciding who is president.



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« Reply #16 on: 04/11/2004 20:04:27 »
Well, if Congress can decide, then that's even less representative of most of the people.  Hadn't thought of that happening.  Being a nurse, I have to look at healthcare and I think Bush does better in that department.  As far as letting same sex couples marry, what's the problem with that?  I just don't get all the controversy.  It really doesn't matter much to me one way or the other.  And if it's immoral, then let God handle that and not the law.  I think amendments either for or against that are out of order.  It's a religious issue, not a legal one.
 

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« Reply #17 on: 06/11/2004 01:32:18 »
I agree Nancy, but if you look at our laws, probably the majority of them have some sort of foundation in religion.  Christian religion.

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« Reply #18 on: 06/11/2004 02:18:08 »
John.....I just noticed your answer to my posting above....can't see how I missed it...thanks for clearing that up for me.

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« Reply #19 on: 06/11/2004 18:27:37 »
we are boffed

i"m taking bets on the draft

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« Reply #20 on: 06/11/2004 21:51:11 »
In the next four years, I have money on it that we see:

1)  a draft
2)  overturning of Roe v Wade
3)  surpassing of the value of the american dollar by the canadian dollar (it's already at 0.85 USD)
4)  invasion of either Iran or Syria

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« Reply #21 on: 07/11/2004 01:29:17 »
I'm not betting any money, but I wouldn't be surprised at any of those possibilities.  Hopefully, reason will prevail somehow.

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« Reply #22 on: 07/11/2004 03:15:26 »
I don't think the draft.  Don't think we can afford to invade Iran or Syria.  As far as the dollar, I guess it will go down as the war debt goes up.  Roe v. Wade?  Don't get bent out of shape if it's overturned.  Back in the dark ages when I first became a nurse, abortion was illegal, but there was always a provision for a therapeutic abortion, and it wasn't that hard to get one.  Just had to have two doctors agree that it was detrimental to either your physical or emotional health to continue the pregnancy.  Now obviously, that wasn't terribly hard to do.  Back then, abortion wasn't another method of birth control like it is now.  And I've been to the clinics and I've got to tell you, those girls aren't properly counselled before they sign up for the abortion.  I'm a strong believer in informed consent.
 

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« Reply #23 on: 07/11/2004 13:02:39 »
And what about women that live in pissant little backwater towns where the doctor won't approve abortion even in cases of rape?  Now you have women throwing themselves down the stairs to try and induce a miscarriage.  

I'm all about informed consent, too, but I think reports of women using abortion as post-facto birth control are greatly exaggerated.  It's dangerous, unpleasant, and I imagine not cheap.  Regardless, with the overpopulation we're starting to see, I'm not all that heartbroken over less new people coming into the world.

As a side note, I find it odd that a political leader who has done more to further the death penalty than anyone else I can think of is suddenly so pro-life when it comes to abortion.  Does "thou shalt not kill" really mean "thou shalt not kill clumps of organic goo that might someday become a baby"?

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« Reply #24 on: 08/11/2004 08:56:07 »
Hey, I'm not at all for women throwing themselves down steps or resorting to coat hangers for abortions.  And I should think that now the medical community is not as adamant as they were about abortion.  There's a whole new generation of doctors out there who are more liberal in their thinking.  I can tell you that I don't think the reports of women using abortion as birth control are overexaggerated from an experience of sitting in a waiting room of an abortion clinic with a friend of mine, and the number of women there who were on their second, and even third abortions.  The obvious answer is to be more responsible with birth control.  That being said, I absolutely agree that abortion should be an option in cases of rape or incest, or threat to the mother's health.  I am not totally anti-abortion, nor am I anti death penalty.  There's a time and place for both, and neither should be that easy to accomplish.
 

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