October 2, 2008

The November 4 Simulator

Practice until it’s second nature.

Grab this code to embed on your own site:


Pretty much sums up the mind set, doesn’t it?

this is how you guys vote? weird.

If Obama wins the 2008 election, this is exactly how all future ballots will function. The only choice will be Obama, as any other option would be blasphemy.

What is that machine?
Very strange.

I don’t get it. Anyway, I’m voting 3rd party across the board. I can’t stand the republicans or democrats.

So is every voting machine an abandoned steampunk component? No wonder your country has such trouble with elections. :)

here in italy we do things the ancient way: with a gun pointed to our heads… errr… no, that will be the next election if things keep going this way…

a little more seriously, we really do it the ancient way, we draw a cross on the name of the candidate printed on a paper ballot.

simpler, cheaper and a little more difficult to manipulate than a windows based computer…


But first of all, Marcello, we don’t vote for a person, but for a symbol. And not for our President.

I really don’t understand how the US voting machine works. Does it make a hole in the paper?

Different states use different voting machines, but New York City uses the Shoup Lever Voting Machine, which is the machine pictured above. This site has instructions on using the lever machines. -David

The way the voting system in the US works is that you have the major parties of counties that pay off companies like Diebold so that their touchscreen or optical scanners come up with the tally that you want. You also make sure that the districts that will vote against your guy get fewer machines per capita, forcing people to wait in 8 hour lines, which most just don’t.

(They’ve found executable code on the memory cards for the optical scanner machines which was designed to change the tallies and one woman went dumpster diving and found the AR documents proving payments from the two parties in various districts. Parties should not be paying Diebold for anything, the counties buy the machines. Watch the “Hacking Democracy” documentary.)

Is this a gag, or do Americans really vote using machinery (and typefaces) from the 50s?

Hey, everyone. I really like that Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up” so I thought I’d post a link to the video on YouTube so everyone can watch it. Click here to check it out: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/06/magazine/06Vote-t.html

Oh god… the dreaded REVERSE RICKROLL!

Reverse Rickroll? Oooh, he got me!! Hee.

Have never been more disappointed in my life