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This Draft-Dodger Meme Dodges Truth And Common Sense

(I know it isn’t Saturday, but I don’t feel like changing the name of this series: “Silly Meme Saturday” for one entry.) Today’s Silly Meme I found this meme on Facebook, where the person who posted it was making fun of a Trump voter in her family. “You Elected A Draft Dodger!” is apparently meant[…]

By The Numbers (2016 Election)

As I noted four years ago, I’m fascinated by numbers, so despite how my emotional reaction differs from 2012, I still enjoyed looking at the tallies after 2016’s presidential election.   County-by-county results map from 2016 election (Screenshot from The New York Times.)  

The Confusing Path To The November Ballot, Thanks To “States’ Rights”

Voters in line for a national election, Church of Christ, Seminole, Oklahoma (Copyright © 2004 by Wil C. Fry.) It boggles my mind that we need a story like this: A Complete Guide To Early And Absentee Voting (NPR), which lists 50 separate dates and rules for early voting, absentee voting, etc., for a single[…]

Why I’ll Vote Democrat Until The RNC Crumbles

In the past, I’ve voted Independent, Libertarian, and other parties as a kind of halfhearted protest against the two-party stranglehold on state-level and national politics in our country. And for a couple of years, it seemed a few other people did too. But the movement gained no traction. I realized eventually that one of the[…]

2016 Election: Early Preview (UPDATED)

(First published 2015.02.26. Updated as recently as 2015.07.11 to mark which candidates are running, and to add paragraphs for (some) unexpected candidates.) My daughter will need a new presidential placemat after the next election (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) Of course, it’s too early to talk seriously about the 2016 presidential election, but[…]

American Voters Make Me Sad

Categories: Elections, Politics
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Published on: 2014.10.12

According to a Gallup poll released in September, only 36 percent of U.S. adults could correctly name which political party controls each of the two houses of Congress. Another 23 percent got the answer correct for just one house. Perhaps I should be encouraged that only 14% of respondents got both wrong. Or should I[…]

Voting As A Right v. Voting As A Requirement

Categories: Elections, Human Behavior
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Published on: 2014.02.16

When I voted on November 5 [2013], one of the half-dozen poll workers said to me as I left: “Thanks for exercising your right to vote.” I gave him a thumbs-up, put on my cheap sunglasses, and strolled out into the November heat. I felt his tone was plaintive — there weren’t many Texans voting[…]

Churches As Polling Places

Did you know there are groups pushing for churches not to be used as polling places? The reason is similar to FOX News’ reason for complaining about Obama murals in public schools that are used as voting locations (complaint, aftermath). Most (all?) states prohibit “election materials” and “electioneering” in or near the polling place, including[…]

ITN: Facebook Considers Abandoning User Votes

Categories: Business, InTheNews
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Published on: 2012.11.22

In The News: The end of digital democracy? Facebook wants to take away your right to vote (CNN) I was surprised to read that it’s considered a “right” to vote on Facebook. (But then, I’m not a Facebook user.) You’ll find very few businesses, especially ones as large as Facebook, that allow customers to directly[…]

The Rationality Of Voting

Categories: Human Behavior, Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.18

By happenstance, I came across several “logical” arguments today that said voting is irrational. Here is one such piece, found on the New York Times’ website, published seven years ago: Why Vote?. For others try this Google search. The theory goes like this: “Because voting exacts a cost — in time, effort, lost productivity —[…]

ITN: FOX News Thinks 90% Is Suspicious

Categories: InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.14

In The News: FOX Questions Philadelphia Over Obama Percentages FOX News questioned the high percentages of votes for Barack Obama in several areas of Philadelphia, where the county as a whole voted 85.2% (over 500,000 votes) for the incumbent president and just over 14% for the Republican nominee. Some divisions within the county apparently voted[…]

Number-Crunching (Election)

Categories: Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.07

I’m one of those guys who likes numbers just for the sake of numbers. I actually enjoy statistics and math and comparisons. So the day after an election, I’m the guy that looks at those interactive red/blue maps on news websites and clicks through to see which county voted the highest percentage for one candidate[…]

Voter ID Laws

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Published on: 2012.10.29

Voter ID laws are something I’ve had mixed feelings about for a while, and something that’s come up a lot — at least in the media — during the current U.S. presidential campaigns (though I haven’t seen either actual candidate refer to them much). Basically: most states have long allowed people to vote without showing[…]

Debates: The Anti-Trust Suit

Two U.S. Presidential candidates weren’t allowed to join the televised debates this year — Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party and Jill Stein of the Green Party. Johnson has now filed an anti-trust lawsuit over the exclusion. So what’s the problem?

Election Time: Decision-Making

Categories: Politics
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Published on: 2012.10.03

My sister asked (here) how I choose a candidate — and what my criteria are for making a selection. It took a second for it to sink in, but I realized it was a good question. Many of our nation’s elections are decided at the last minute by previously undecided voters. Currently, 40-something percent are[…]

Journal: Waxing and Waning Political Interest

Categories: Personal, Politics
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Published on: 2012.10.02

My own political interests have not been strong for much of my life, even well into adulthood. These days, when I catch myself being surprised at people who aren’t politically aware, I have to remind myself of my own lack of interest for many years.

What It Means To Be A Moderate

There’s a bit of public confusion — among politicians, newscasters and so-called political experts — about the terms moderate, independent, and undecided. None of these terms are synonymous with each other, though they’re often used interchangeably on television and in editorial statements. A previous entry of mine (Independent Isn’t The Same As Moderate) addresses this[…]

What It Means To Be An Independent

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Published on: 2012.09.24

My previous entry provided an ever-so-brief definition of “independent” (in the political context), but I feel it bears further elucidation. For one thing, my definition is stricter than that of the Gallup polling organization, when they reported earlier this year that a record 40% of Americans “identify” as independents (31% as Democrats, 21% as Republican).[…]

A Little More Seriously (2012 Election)

Categories: InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2012.02.05

In June of last year, in a blog entry called Seriously? (2012 Election), I questioned whether any of the Republican candidates for U.S. President had any chance of beating incumbent president Barack Obama. At the time, there were dozens of candidates, from the outright silly, to the questionable, to the few known and somewhat stable[…]

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