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Election 2006

And welcome to Election 2006.

In The Morning News today we have the winners of the Encyclopedia Brown for District Attorney contest.

In McSweeney's, please to be finding my 2006 Voters Guide.

And although this is the part of the post where I am supposed to urge you to "get out and vote!" Washington State elections now rely almost exclusively on absentee ballots these days. So, you know: fondly reminisce about that time you voted, like, three days ago.

Dare to dream
Posted on November 07, 2006 to Elsewhere, Politics


I like the get-out-the-vote proposition even better than the one that is actually on the ballot in Arizona this year: If it passes, one lucky voter per election wins $1M.

Nintendo for everyone who votes is probably cheaper.

Posted by: Carny Asada on November 7, 2006 10:04 AM

I like the idea of levying a tax against those who don't vote, but seriously, are you sure we WANT some of them to vote? The thought of a bunch of 18 year old stoners pulling it together enough to show up at the polling houses so that they get a Nintendo terrorfies me: Imagine the randomness of it all. 99 cent Jack in the Box Tacos would be the write in candidate winner for congress in every state.

I say we round up every candidate and current office holder (down to even elementarty school student council) put them on a boat and set them adrift. Best to start afresh I believe.

Posted by: Desiree on November 7, 2006 10:20 AM

I worked up this entry for the contest but then my printer failed and then my boss came in and then it started raining and then I lost interest.

But it was a really good one.

Posted by: Duane on November 7, 2006 11:06 AM

Here's an interesting survey of college voter apathy. Check it out.


Posted by: Joe on November 7, 2006 4:04 PM

>The thought of a bunch of 18 year old stoners
>pulling it together enough to show up at the
>polling houses so that they get a Nintendo
>terrorfies me

As an 18 year old, it's been my experience that "18 year old stoners" actually put a hell of a lot more thought into their vote and the issues surrounding it than most of the "I've voted Republican at every election since 1968 and I don't intend to stop now!" crowd.

Take a look at the people who are, instead of sitting in their homes complaining that "something should be done", are actually *doing* something. To take a trivial example, what group overwhelmingly composes political demonstrations against (or for) national policy? Students.

The idea which, er, "terrorfies" [sic] me, is that of the so-called "mature" majority trying to dissuade young people, the very people who are most receptive to new ideas and new ways of thinking, from voting, whilst they themselves, irrationaly afraid of change, mindlessly and robotically vote to perpetually retain the status quo.

...Having said that, now I come to think of it, I *could* do with a new Nintendo... :)

Posted by: Simon on November 7, 2006 5:20 PM

I didn't even get a sticker, let alone a nintendo.

Now I am really bitter.

Love the campaign signs. OEdipus stands for Family Values... Classic!

Posted by: Meredith on November 7, 2006 5:39 PM

I giggled at your McSweeney's Voter's Guide (while watching Anderson Cooper wander around CNN's multicoloured, constantly flashing, blue and red animated election visual overload... thing. show. Oog, I need to rest my eyes.)

Anyways, mid-giggle, I got to the bottom and saw your name, and I was like, Hey! I read that guy's blog! Convergence in action!

My current America Votes 2006 issue is: what is up with James Carville's looking like he's completely freakin' insane. (I trivialize without guilt - I'm Canadian.)

Posted by: Alisa on November 7, 2006 6:51 PM

Now Simon, no need to get all defensive. It is certainly true that the first-time voters can take interest in the issues and learn about the candidates before they vote, it is also true that the majority of the first-time voter age group are a bunch of morons not fit the making of any relatively important decisions.

I am 22 years old, and I believe I can safely attest that most individuals around my age should be allowed near a voting ballot. So basically, even though you may be one of the few that has paid attention enough to the world around them to responsibly vote, do not be so naive as to think the people you graduated high school with are all intelligent, future leaders. Somebody will always be working at McDonald's you know.

Posted by: Matt on November 7, 2006 11:21 PM

"I am 22 years old, and I believe I can safely attest that most individuals around my age should be allowed near a voting ballot."

I'm 38, and strangely enough, I can say the same thing.....

Posted by: april on November 8, 2006 5:17 AM

Thanks for the update, Matt! We kicked out Rick last night, too!

I had tried to make "Ichabod Crane for School Superindendent: A Legend in the Making" but it didn't quite happen.

Posted by: Shawn on November 8, 2006 7:54 AM

"99 cent Jack in the Box Tacos would be the write in candidate winner for congress in every state."

I'm not at all convinced that that wouldn't be a good thing.

Posted by: Jake Boone on November 8, 2006 3:35 PM