Yes it is election day at last, when your voice can be heard! Sort of. Kind of muddily. But this is what we have for now.
This is time for our basically annual reminder that New York has a wacky way of voting! And you can make your voice be heard a little more because candidates appear on different party lines on our weirdo ballots. For instance, Democrats will often appear on the Democrat line but also on the Working Parties line, and if you want to tell them that their voter base is to the left of Democrat, you vote on that line. Crazy right? So if you want [...]
Nearly half of all voters are so dumb they'll completely change their strongly held political beliefs if you give them a piece of paper with opposite beliefs, researchers have discovered. Even the youngest wizards and witches can perform such simple magic, meaning that all future elections will be decided by our oldest and still most believable religious system: magic.
To get people to reverse their opinions, crafty researchers had the test subjects fill out a survey about an upcoming election. After the dummies finished their forms, the researchers used "sleight of hand" to return a form with the opposite answers selected. "92% of the study participants accepted the manipulated summary [...]
This, from Awl pal Matt Platkin, is a very important point to remember: "people don’t vote when no one asks them to."
As of last Wednesday, two days after his press conference, a Marist poll showed that a majority—56%—of Anthony Weiner's constituents want him to stay in his job, and as Glenn Greenwald observed last week, theirs is the only opinion that really counts (cc: Pelosi, Israel and Wasserman-Schultz.) If I were one of them, I too would recall the following glorious beatdown before I betook myself to shop around for a new representative.
I mean, isn't this what congressmen are for?
The worst of the many bad effects of the media spin 'n' scandal machine is to get our collective eye off the ball, like a [...]
Big changes, civic-minded cheeseheads. We hope you're planning to vote, even if you're one of the 20,000-odd out-of-state students at UW-Madison. The polls are open-and they'll remain open until 8 p.m. (For all you coasties, that's 9 p.m.!) Vote your peer-pressured conscience! You can find your Wisconsin polling place here. Not registered? Not to worry, you can register at the polling place. The ballot you receive will be in English-only, because this isn't the frickin' U.N. And now: to the candidates.
90 years ago today the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, guaranteeing women's suffrage, was ratified. On behalf of the gender which overwhelmingly tends to vote for the most destructive loon on the ballot, I would like to thank you ladies for doing your best to help save us from ourselves. Hopefully you'll turn out come November, because, man, we're really gonna need you this time.
The Supreme Court has voted 8-1 against striking down Section 5-the "preclearance" section requiring judicial or Justice Department approval of attempts to change voter qualifications in areas historically inhospitable to universal suffrage-of the Voting Rights Act. Voting to strike down the Section: Justice Clarence Thomas. Contain your surprise.