The campaign for President is winding down but the media’s news campaign for the results of the election are running full steam ahead.
Americans are tuning in to Main Stream Media and the Internet like never before to follow election results and see where our country is headed in the next four years. It is incredible really, the amount of information that one has access to in America, and that the access and reporting is in real time. It becomes unimaginable that there are places in the world like Russia and China where the government censures the media at it’s convenience. Freedom of speech and of the press are often taken for granted in America. Whatever the outcome, our Election Day coverage in the media displays to the entire world that democracy works. There is no amount of advertising dollars that could ever be spent that indicates just how powerful freedom is.
It will be interesting to note not only the variances in the graphic designs but the uncertainty of predictions. In 2004, polling numbers, predictions and maps were cast aside as our Judaical system ruled in the end that George Bush won. Statistics and graphs can misrepresent the truth and be manipulated into reflecting opinion, rather than fact. Will Fox News, that typically leans toward Republican candidates, show graphs that reflect a bias toward McCain? Will CNN, that is stereotypically pro Democrat, yield information that indicates Obama the winner? Time will tell in the final outcome which media outlet is the most reliable, fair and balanced in reporting the results and activities of Election 2008. My prediction and hope is that voters put country first and that in the end all the maps- no matter the source, confirm John S. McCain as the next President of The United States of America.
One University of Michigan physics professor and his team applied mathematics, geography, and visualization to show us that those blocky red states and blue states are actually a lovely, purpley, swirly, fishy looking thing. The above image comes from http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/election/.
This Google link page lets you see state-by-state breakdowns, with vote totals within each state, and also county-by-county breakdowns, if you click on the state, then click on “County Map” in the upper right-hand corner of the pop up window. http://maps.google.com/help/maps/elections/#2008_election Google also has a map http://myfairelection.com/ where we can follow events at the polls as reported by citizens like you and me. We are only a few hours into the election and already people are posting and logging in to identify problems and successes at the voting booths across America.
Here are some great links to get you perusing all the information available with many maps and a few graphs that reflect what is being reported and how the election may be trending.
· CNN ElectionCenter Map
· Fox News Interactive Map
· ABC News Map
· Yahoo Election Dashboard
· MSN Election Map Room
· MSNBC Election Map
· NPR Election Map
· Wall Street Journal Electoral College Calculator (browser resize!)
· idashboards.com Election 2008 (results?)
· NYTimes Election 2008 (results?)
· BBC News Elections 2008 (results?)
· USA Today (results?)
· Newsweek Politics (results?)
· Time Magazine (results?)
· Google Maps 2008 Elections Gallery
· Forst and the Trees Election Center (results?)
· Color-Weighted Election 2008 Cartograms (results on 5 November).
While it is early on Election Day, all reports show a calm America as we go about our duty to vote freely without duress of martial law, riots, civil disorder, or the Enforcement of Laws to Restore Public Order. http://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2008/11/03/riot-police-ready-for-civil-unrest-on-election-night/
It is also notable that any pending litigation from Andy Martin, Philip Berg http://dockets.justia.com/docket/court-paedce/case_no-2:2008cv04083/case_id-281573/ or John Q. Citizen that demanded that the election be delayed or that Obama shows the world his authentic, vaulted birth certificate have not been successful. http://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2008/10/31/obamas-citizenship-goes-to-supreme-court/ Both Martin and Berg have court dates after the elections regarding Obama’s citizenship and qualifications to become President under the natural born citizen clause, Article II, Section 1, of the U.S. Constitution. The electoral college process takes place after the election and is outlined here http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/faq.html These are the key dates:
November 4, 2008 – General Election: The voters in each State choose electors to serve in the Electoral College. As soon as election results are final, the States prepare seven or nine original “Certificates of Ascertainment” of the electors chosen, and send one original along with two certified copies (or three originals, if nine were prepared) to the Archivist of the United States.
December 15, 2008 – Meeting of Electors: The electors in each State meet to select the President and Vice President of the United States. The electors record their votes on six “Certificates of Vote,” which are paired with the six remaining original “Certificates of Ascertainment.” The electors sign, seal and certify the packages of electoral votes and immediately send them to the President of the Senate, the Archivist of the United States and other designated Federal and State officials.
December 24, 2008 – Deadline for Receipt of Electoral Votes: The President of the Senate, the Archivist of the United States, and other designated Federal and State officials must have the electoral votes in hand.
January 6, 2009 – Counting Electoral Votes in Congress: The Congress meets in joint session to count the electoral votes (unless Congress passes a law to change the date).
God Bless America, her citizens, and especially today, The Voter.
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