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Done the job. Click bam zappo. Finally I voted on something really green. Here's hoping for another lizard. Hurray.

"You mean, it comes from a world of lizards?"

"No," said Ford, who by this time was a little more rational and coherent than he had been, having finally had the coffee forced down him, "nothing so simple. Nothing anything like to straightforward. On its world, the people are people. The leaders are lizards. The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."

"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."

"I did," said Ford. "It is."

"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"

"It honestly doesn't occur to them," said Ford. "They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates to the government they want."

"You mean they actually vote for the lizards?"

"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."

"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"

"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard," said Ford, "the wrong lizard might get in. Got any gin?"

by Nomad (Bjinse) on Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 at 05:43:09 AM EST
It thought this new york time piece on the Dutch elections was excellent.


Do other European countries have this internet Voting Compass craze?

by Indrah on Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 at 06:51:04 AM EST
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ooops my post wasn't really supposed to be a reply to the lizards (although it is funny)
by Indrah on Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 at 06:55:00 AM EST
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There was lots and lots of internet matching services before the swedish election. There was also some debunking by checking what happened if you answered neutral / no answer across the line...

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by A swedish kind of death on Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 at 07:35:27 AM EST
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Thanks! May I have another request: once the resutls start coming in, would those reporting them also focus on participation numbers? Methinks change in participation is essential but often missing from analyses of election results.

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by DoDo on Wed Nov 22nd, 2006 at 09:10:53 AM EST
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