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Americans Elect Holds its First Vote… and it’s Broken

Visit Americans Elect’s home page at americanselect.org and you’ll see the 501c4 corporation’s countdown to its first ballot. According to Americans Elect, the nation’s first-ever 50-state online election to nominate a presidential candidate will be held in just 150 days. Is Americans Elect technically prepared to pull this off without a hitch — without getting [...]

Americans Elect: Crossing Every i, Dotting Every t for the 2012 Election

Is Americans Elect really ready to run the nation’s first ever 50-state presidential nomination, all privately carried out, all online? That’s a hefty technological feat, considering the need for an unquestionably secure and stable software platform, for voter verification and anonymity, and all in less than six months’ time. That’s right — according to the [...]

Americans Elect Internet Vote for President? Consider how it worked in DC 2010

Apart from the various considerations of political ideology, influence and process regarding Americans Elect, there’s the simple matter of technology. Americans Elect plans to use all-internet-voting to nominate a presidential candidate and to broker the selection of the actual president in an Electoral College showdown. Will a binding internet vote be pulled off with accuracy [...]

Americans Elect Party to Require Loyalty Oath, No-Critique Pledge by Delegates

“Any registered voter can become an Americans Elect delegate.” — Americans Elect

“Not really.” — Me

Americans Elect is a secretive 501c4 corporation with the aim of arranging the election of its own presidential candidate in 2012. Thanks to legally-mandated filings with the states of Nevada and Florida, new bylaws adopted by the Board of [...]

The 3 Ways Americans Elect Could Improve Politics (and the 3 Ways it Could Go Wrong)

The summer is an empty stage. With Congress and the President going on extended vacations, with students away from campus and student activism on hold, there is a vacuum of traditional political news during the summer months, a vacuum that begs to be filled by some other story: the murder of an intern, shark attacks, [...]

Roll Call: How Tea Party in House voted on Patriot Act, May 2011

A number of politicians running for Congress in 2010 were endorsed by the organizations Tea Party Express and FreedomWorks (which refers to itself as “Tea Party HQ”). Dozens of politicians elected to the U.S. House of Representatives chose to join the Tea Party Caucus as official members.

Reflecting the rhetoric of the broader Tea [...]

Lying is a Sin: Steve Stivers tells no-doubt falsehood about Mary Jo Kilroy

Republican congressional candidate Steve Stivers signed his name to a campaign advertisement this week, declaring of his opponent in Ohio’s 15th District that “Mary Jo Kilroy can’t hide from her 98.4% voting record with Nancy Pelosi.”

I’ll come right to the point. This claim by Steve Stivers is a lie.

A review of roll [...]

Tea Party Pushes Double Standard For Voting

Does this “Tea Party” group support card check for voting or not? It depends upon which way the winds of convenience are blowing. [...]

Only 4 Gay-Friendly Towns in Kennebec County Maine, Judging by 2009 Vote

When gay and lesbian couples travel, their research can never be as simple as a catalog of attractions. The question “Am I welcome?” lingers in the back or the front of the mind. It’s unfortunate but true that in 21st Century America there are still some places where gay and lesbian couples can be shoved [...]

Reckoning the Vote: Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly Towns in Cumberland County, Maine

Where are you welcome? Where are you not welcome?

If you’re in a gay or lesbian couple, you know by now that a narrow majority of Mainers has decided you don’t deserve the basic respect afforded to people in the United States of America: the legal respect of equality. On the bright side, a very [...]

On Election Day, VOTE to Name the FBI’s Not-Spying Spying Program

The New York Times reported last week on the existence of a newly expanded FBI program of surveillance in which their agents spy, often covertly, on people and groups in America when there is no evidence of any wrongdoing. These people and groups are targeted by the FBI for surveillance on the basis of their [...]