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04/03/2007 09:55 PM ID: 61504 Permalink   

Fake Presidential Election to be Held on MySpace

 

On January 1 and 2 of next year, MySpace users will be able to participate in a mock election as a test of the system.

The votes won't count for the actual election, it will provide candidates with a good idea on what to expect when people go to the vote for the real election come November 2008.

The president of MySpace, Tom Anderson said, "Iowa and New Hampshire may be selecting delegates, but the MySpace vote will be the first test of where candidates stand in the election year."

 
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  This could be good or bad...  
 
It is good because it will let us know who is the most popular with the country. It could be bad because the candidate might become self-conscious about this and it might cause them to fall apart. Of course if they fall apart, then they weren't a good candidate anyway.
 
  by: Jon_Hall     04/03/2007 10:03 PM     
  getting hip  
 
Why not try and 'get hip' so those lazy 18-36 myspacers might even think twice about voting for the next candidate.

Can we vote 'none' and just have like 4 years to pay off some debts? then we wont hear about some 'group of supporters' who voted one way and they didn't get anything in return i.e. 'whining'.
 
  by: UhThatGuy   04/04/2007 05:17 AM     
  @Jon_Hall  
 
Seriously?! You honestly think a time tested politician will give a crap about what abunch of net bloggers think? Lets take into consideration how many functional members of society actually use 'Myspace'. Also consider the amount of myspace users that are not actually of voting age.

Based on those thoughts I also don't think this will in any way be a valid marker of where the candidates stand. Hell and thats assuming myspace doesnt crash with the amount of traffic that comes in; the few times I have attempted using the crappy service I've had multiple file load errors and 20 second load times while using a university pipeline!

This action however, will be at best a bold move to encourage new votes to vote.
 
  by: luc1ddr3am     04/04/2007 05:45 AM     
  @lucid  
 
Granted, I don't use myspace, but to the younger generation, having a myspace page is about on par with having your name in the phonebook. Something like 1 in 3 Americans have a myspace page. So to say that only disfunctional members of society use myspace is...heh...well actually MOST members of US society are QUITE disfunctional, but they still vote, so this will be a rather accurate poll. If anything, this poll will most likely be a bit left-wing heavy. Nevertheless, I think itll be a nice thing to have for fun and for one practical reason above all. Here it comes, don't laugh.

There shouldn't be more than a very small difference between the Myspace results and the actual results. This similarity will make it impossible for conspiracy theorists to say the election was rigged.

And for you conspiracy theorists: we could also say that if there IS a large discrepancy, its more fuel for your fire. Alternatively, the administration could forsee this reality and hence be disuaded to attempt such a forgery.

I laugh, but a tiny part of me is dead serious.
 
  by: maverick7h     04/04/2007 07:14 AM     
  Don't forget  
 
MySpace is international, so there may be people who vote who are not actually US Citizens. As far as I can tell there are plenty of non-US people using MySpace as well.

Of course it will be interesting to see how the mock vote turns out. I'm expecting it to be very left.
 
  by: zephan     04/04/2007 09:45 AM     
  My myspace page  
 
I'm 32, and I don't have a MySpace friend younger than 24. Among my "myfriends" are a university Webmaster (age 33), a fellow journalist (age 33) and a librarian (age 33). So there you have it -- MySpace is clearly just for teens and slobs.
 
  by: l´anglais     04/04/2007 04:31 PM     
  @Zephan  
 
As a 5th comment you are awarded http://usrarecurrency.com/... for you quick thinking.

Even if my space chooses to block all other IP.s none American, we all know, thats just 2 clicks form annonymous surfing. If you wanna try that here it is. http://www.proxyhidden.com/...
 
  by: kinko     04/04/2007 05:14 PM     
  @luc  
 
Yes I do think the politicians will care. If they don't they could lose a large percent of their voters. By staying informed, they can know what they need to work on and what is working just fine.
 
  by: Jon_Hall     04/04/2007 10:41 PM     
  Wait... what I want to know is...  
 
How is this going to be any different from the real fake election we have every four years?
 
  by: erasedgod   04/04/2007 10:57 PM     
  @erased  
 
LMAO...good point..
 
  by: StarShadow     04/04/2007 11:02 PM     
  @Jon_hall  
 
Information mining is hardly what I'm speaking of.

I'm refering to the thought that an experienced party-backed politician is going to let a web poll discourage him from taking office. At worst the information will lead to the party to change their choice in an effort to win.. no ones gonna cry about it. I mean how many of all the registered voters do you think have a myspace account? How many do you think are going to make one just to vote? It's a joke!
 
  by: luc1ddr3am     04/05/2007 12:42 AM     
 
 
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