Getting Out The Vote

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I can't wait for the results. Mainly to see how much the null sov coalitions influenced them.And while I didn't vote for him, I hope Chitsa Jason gets elected. The voice of the Lithuanians of Eve has been suppressed for too long.
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I tell my friends the same thing when US elections roll around, just go out and cast a ballot. Write something on it and at least show the world that you care what happens. It can be anyone too. I voted for Mittens in the US election.
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the voice of who?
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As a note: Statistically Romney lost because of 2 reasons. 1) Conservatives looked at Romney as a RINO and didn't see any real difference between Obama-care loving morons and RomeyCare loving morons. This along with his liberal record just didn't weigh well, thus an incredibly low conservative voter turnout. 2) The low-information voter will vote for whoever their peer-groups say they should (The ignorant tend to run in groups). Frankly, Obama is a celeb among the LIV crowd and could get away with extending the patriot act, signing orders to kill Americans without due process and even continue to run bush secret prisons, and he would still be elected. Its kind of sad really.
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I would offer slightly different advice actually. People should definitely vote, but only AFTER they've made an effort to become informed on what they are voting for. If they make no effort to understand why they are voting for the person why are they making the effort to vote, potentially against their own beliefs.
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Romney lost because he was rightly painted as the 1% & he spat on 47% too brazenlyObama played class warfare politics skillfully right under the noses of the republican strategistsHerman Cain would've been shot down just as fast though not for being a RINO but for his being painted as a serial womanizer spiting on 50% of the population thats female... Romney too was hit by the anti-women card.
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More likely you'll just get some random noise... CCP fixed the donkey voting possibility supposedly due to peeps saying AHK only won into the CSM because her name being up top of the ballots due to being alphabetised
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In that campaign the Neo Nazi probably woulda been elected just like Darius III was elected thanks to Eve's strong perverse streak of contrarism
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On top of who to vote for, I don't know where to vote or how to vote. That's something of an impediment.
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Yes, but obviously Obama shills were better actors than Romney shills.
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I came to that conclusion myself, which is why I supported his removal.
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http://community.eveonline.com... - but yes, the article should have linked this.
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As a quite new player, (2 months in,) the thing I've found most disconcerting is the fact that I don't really see the candidates as having directly conflicting positions. It doesn't seems like person A wants a system to move in one direction while person B wants it to move in the other, but rather, each of them has their own pet system and they're just arguing over which one deserves ccp's time and energy. This is illustrated by the fact that most endorsements seem content to describe a candidate entirely by what activity they do: this is a nullsec guy, this is an industry guy, etc. After that, it trails off into pure praise with no content: "he's a hard worker," or "a valuable voice in any discussion."If this is indeed the case, and from what I've seen it really seems to be, then the entire job of the CSM could be accomplished by a cursory review of player activity metrics.
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That's because the difference between real politics and space CSM politics is that our CSM politicians cannot actually enforce anything when elected. They can just try to convince CCP to do one thing rather than the other, or ask them to focus their development resources on one particular issue. But if they are alone on the CSM with that opinion or have no communication skills ... they will just be ignored.The CSM only has any power towards CCP when it acts united, so working together with the other CSM members and being able to discuss rationally is among the most important traits of a successful CSM member.That and being able to communicate what you have achieved (or trying to achieve) back to the players, and of course your in-game knowledge (so that you have something useful to say when discussing a potential change in the game).

The election period for the Council of Stellar Management is nearing its end. At 2359 on the 18th of April, UTC time, they close. The elections opened on the 4th of April. At the risk of stating the obvious, when political scientists look at voting patterns, we find that those that vote early are the highly motivated voters. They tend to be the ones that follow the issues, at least the ones they care about, and make their voting choices right around when the candidates are finalized. Some of these voters make their decision before, identifying with a party and would vote the party line barring an unpalatable candidate. For the Americans in the readership today, this is why Romney lost. In EVE, these voters tend to be members of nullsec blocs, wormhole pilots as a whole, and, last election, the faction warfare pilots. As the election gets closer, the undecideds are low information, low motivation voters. This translates to a vast majority of EVE players. High security dwellers and solo low security pirates, for example, are less likely to vote in an election.

In traditional politics, especially in single member districts, there is a significant get-out-the-vote effort. They focus a majority of their efforts on election day, because those that have not voted in early voting are more likely to agree to vote for the candidate that hands them a flyer and offers to drive them to the polling place. The get-out-the-vote effort is not really present in EVE, not by candidates, at least. For one thing, the ground game - the team of volunteers who contact voters and encourage them to vote - just doesn't exist for most candidates who are not in a major block. Mike Azariah, for example, does not have several dozen volunteers that are going to help corral voters. (If he does, they are doing a miserable job, as none of my alts have received so much as an in-game mail.) Again, this is an artifact of the voting system in America. The single member district model forces the formation of two dominant parties that can lead to some very close races, especially in larger districts.

The CSM elections are not single member district election, but rather elected at large using a plurality voting method, sometimes called first past the post. In other words, the candidates with the most votes are elected. They don’t have to get a majority of the votes cast--to date none have. Not even the venerable Mittani got a majority of votes. The large field--this year there are thirty-one candidates competing for fourteen seats--also is an impediment to low information, low motivation voters. They simply will not spend the time sorting through the candidates to come up with even a handful to put on the ballot, much less a full slate of fourteen.

Another reason why low information, low motivation voters bother less with the at large CSM election, including this one with the new voting system, is, outside of block candidates, no feeling of constituency. In America, when someone has a problem they need their congressman to assist with, it is very easy to identify the congressman they should go to. With the at-large election, it is less clear. With the single transferable vote system, this problem is even more exacerbated. No voter outside of a block has a reasonable expectation of constituency services. This is actually a huge part of politics in America. Both constituency services and ‘bringing home the bacon’ are the bread and butter of any politician above the local level.

So, odds are, if someone hasn’t voted by now, they are not likely to, for a variety of reasons. They are all actually rather valid reasons and systemic in nature. There is however, one very, very good reason to vote: the mandate. In traditional politics, especially in a single member district, in the event of a clear cut victory, political scientists will declare the winner has a mandate. This usually happens for national elections, like the presidency. It’s a way of saying that the victor has the clear support of the voters to enact their agenda. A good example would be Ronaldus Maximus Reagan, who won by a landslide in 1980 and again in 1984. A similar mandate was given to Franklin Roosevelt in 1932. Notice during both of these presidencies huge changes occurred in public policy.

A mandate for the CSM is a slightly different animal. The CSM doesn’t make policy, unlike in traditional politics where elections do determine policy. They represent the interests of the players to the developers of the game, CCP. The Mittani’s winning of over ten thousand votes in CSM 7 was not so much a message to other CSM members as to CCP. If he was trying to ‘bully’ the CSM, it would have made more sense to elect as many Goonswarm/CFC candidates as possible. His election, with such overwhelming numbers, was a message to CCP. With that level of support behind him, CCP ignored him at their peril. Of course, he made a joke in front of the wrong crowd and a television camera, and everyone knows the rest.

There is no doubt that CCP looks at the demographics of the votes cast very carefully. They know the percentage of EVE players that cast votes, the ages, gender, how long each voter has been playing. A low turnout diminishes the CSM’s ability to represent the players. There may be a time this year where the CSM has to say to someone at CCP: “Excuse me, but I can buy a gallon of actual paint for less than what you want for a decal on my ship.” If that time comes, it would be best for the CSM to have the weight of the playerbase behind them.

So, as an appeal to anyone that has not voted, and doesn’t feel the need to put forth the effort, just put a few names into your ballot. It doesn’t matter which ones, you can pick at random. Just let it be known that you are invested in this game. Show that it matters. The CSM election is your way of shooting the Jita statue every year.

Writer. Twitter: @AlizabethVea