March 29th, 2007, 05:29 AM
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Election ASFN - Voting Day
The candidates have had their say and from Today till Monday - 3,500 eligible voters will have theirs. Here are some guidelines to help those unfamiliar with the election process:
Why are federal elections held this late in March on the last Thursday to the first Monday? For much of our history ASFN was a predominantly a football board. ASFNers also took into account the football off season was perhaps the most convenient month for Cardinal Fans to get over the previous season.
Why between Thursday and Monday? Since ASFNers have to travel a significant distance from the T.V. to the computer to vote - having it on one day not considered reasonable as many people would miss out on their favorite t.v. show...of course having it over the weekend would have conflicted with the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Q. Does my vote really make a difference?
A. "Just" one vote can and often does make a difference in the outcome of an election. Here are some recent examples of real elections decided by one vote.
Here are some links to the candidates and their platform:
This forum: 2008 NonPresidential Elections has more threads and half-ass-ed debates if anyone is interested in losing 15 minutes of their life.
Q. What is the order of succession should the ASFN President die, become incapacitated, or is otherwise unable to finish his one year term of office?
- In 1997, Vermont State representative Sydney Nixon was seated as an apparent one vote winner, 570 to 569. Mr Nixon resigned when the State House determined, after a recount, that he had actually lost to his opponent Robert Emond 572 to 571.
- In 1989, a Lansing, Michigan School District millage proposition failed when the final recount produced a tie vote 5,147 for, and 5,147 against. On the original vote count, votes against the proposition were ten more than those in favor. The result meant that the school district had to reduce its budget by $2.5 million.
- In 1994, Republican Randall Luthi and Independent Larry Call tied for a seat in the Wyoming House of Representatives from the Jackson Hole area with 1,941 votes each. A recount produced the same result. Mr. Luthi was finally declared the winner when, in a drawing before the State Canvassing Board, a ping pong ball bearing his name was pulled from the cowboy hat of Democratic Governor Mike Sullivan.
- In 1997, South Dakota Democrat John McIntyre led Republican Hal Wick 4,195 to 4,191 for the second seat in Legislative District 12 on election night. A subsequent recount showed Wick the winner at 4,192 to 4,191. The State Supreme Court however, ruled that one ballot counted for Wick was invalid due to an over vote. This left the race a tie. After hearing arguments from both sides, the State Legislature voted to seat wick 46 to 20.
A. The order of succession will go to the runner-up, etc.
Q. When is my polling place open on election days?
A. Right now.
Q. Is a voter ID required to vote in my State?
A. Your ASFN account is your voter ID.
Q. Are bars closed on election days?
A. Absolutely not. That's why this is carried over the weekend.
Q. Is election day an officially recognized holiday in my State?
A. Depends on how much you had to drink.
Q. Are ASFNers given time off work to vote on election day?A. Absolutely - just tell your boss that an Internet message board gave you the approval.
Q. Is electioneering allowed near the polling place?
A. Only by neighboring threads. However election shenanigans are allowed. Below are links provided regarding the candidates and their position on issues.
Q. Can we have exit polling?
Q. Do you permit write-in voting?
Q. Is anyone monitoring the voting to make sure we don't have any problems?
A. Absolutely - we have Chris_Sanders and Krepitch. Both have been trained and certified by Diebold Industries.
Last edited by DjaugheOld; March 29th, 2007 at 06:43 AM.
Reason: Technical Difficulties....