Coin Coin

So I’ve been seeing posts about how important it is to get out and vote, because Bernie and Hillary were virtually tied at the Iowa Caucus and several  counts were settled by a literal coin toss.  

And…okay, it IS vital to get out and vote.  But according to the Des Moines Register, the coin tosses weren’t caused by not enough popular votes. They were caused by missing caucus attendees 

See, caucuses work differently for each party. With the GOP, someone speaks for the candidate and then there’s an informal secret ballot for the caucus delegates. REALLY informal. Like, folded slips of paper that are then collected.

With the Dems–well, they don’t vote with pencil and paper. According to NPR:

  1. There’s a call to order.
  2. A caucus chair and secretary are elected.
  3. Supporters make the case for their candidates.
  4. Caucusgoers physically separate into groups in corners or parts of the room for their candidates of choice. (It’s kind of like a junior high dance, if the kids weren’t so petrified of each other.)
  5. When the groups are formed, the elected chair adds up how many supporters are in each cluster.
  6. Each candidate has to meet a viability threshold of 15 percent. That means the number of people in the cluster has to be at least 15 percent of all the participants in the room.
  7.  If a candidate is determined not to be viable, that candidate’s supporters have to choose another candidate  And during the re-choosing process–the re-caucus–people are allowed to try to sway the opinions of the people who have to choose again.
  8. Once the re-caucusing is settled and all remaining candidates are deemed viable, the numbers are tallied. (This year, those results will be sent in using an app built by Microsoft.)
  9. Delegates and alternates are selected to attend county conventions.
  10. Party business is conducted, including elections to committees, and platform resolutions are introduced.
  11. The 1,683 precinct caucuses [N.B. 1,681 precinct caucuses in 2016] produce 11,065 delegates. They are eventually filtered to 44 national convention delegates after county (March 12), congressional district (April 30) and state (June 18) conventions. They are not related to the caucus night vote in any way except to nominate that first round of 11,065.

Got that image of people shuffling from one side of a room to another and effectively voting with their feet? Good. Now. Back to the Des Moines Register:

Here’s what happened in Ames, according to David Schweingruber, an associate professor of sociology at Iowa State University (and Sanders supporter) who participated in the caucus: A total of 484 eligible caucus attendees were initially recorded at the site. But when each candidate’s preference group was counted, Clinton had 240 supporters, Sanders had 179 and Martin O’Malley had five (causing him to be declared non-viable). [N.B. Total–424.]

Unable to account for that numerical discrepancy [60 missing caucus attendees] and the orphan delegate it produced, the Sanders campaign challenged the results and precinct leaders called a Democratic Party hot line set up to advise on such situations.

Party officials recommended they settle the dispute with a coin toss. A Clinton supporter correctly called “heads” on a quarter flipped in the air, and Clinton received a fifth delegate.Similar situations were reported elsewhere, including at a precinct in Des Moines, at another precinct in Des Moines, in Newton, in West Branch  and in Davenport

Also, the delegates awarded by coin toss? 

The delegates that were decided by coin flips were delegates to the party’s county conventions, of which there are thousands selected across the state from 1,681 separate precincts. They were not the statewide delegate equivalents that are reported in the final results. 

So, ultimately, this wasn’t about people not going to the voting booths. This was about people who had agreed to attend the caucus in their precinct not showing up.

anonymous asked:

Oh yeah "people need to chill" says the Preath Captain over here.... lmao

HAHAHAHA WELL IN MY DEFENSE… I do believe I can take myself and other things (including this godforsaken ship we call preath) lightly and not too seriously. Life’s too short for overthinking everything. If it’s a thing, it’s a thing. If it’s not, it’s not. You do you booboo. If it doesn’t hurt anybody, why bother being bothered? But you’d do well to remain a good person. Live a little. Laugh a lot. Yolo™ or some shit like that.

((OOC;

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Les fans de Charlie qui se servent des meurtres pour confirmer leur islamophobie latente ne méritent pas d'être fans de Charlie. En fait leur problème c'est que comme Charlie, ils ont vieilli et eux, pas comme un bon vin.

L'humour de Charlie depuis 2006 est islamophobe parce que ça fait du tirage. A la maison, on en a arrêté l'abonnement en 2007.

Oh Charlie, Fluide Glacial, l'Echo des Savanes et consorts seront toujours ces magazines que je piquait dans le placard de la chambre de maman et desquels on se tapait les cuisses.

Mais ne traitez pas de complices du meurtre de douze personnes les gens qui n'ont pas le même humour, pas les mêmes goûts ou simplement offensés par Charlie Hebdo. C'est à dire les personnes qui se sont élevées pour pointer les défauts de Charlie.

Parce que eux n'ont pas décider de censurer Charlie, ce sont deux gars qui n'avait rien à voir avec eux qui l'ont fait à coup de flingue plutôt qu'au tribunal, là où ç'aurait été correct.

Alors arrêter de les vilipender. Vous nous divisez face à la terreur. Ce n'est pas le moment de faire chier ou de faire des raccourcis à la mords moi le nœud.

Le prochain pseudo fan de Charlie qui insulte quiconque en accusant un mec de meurtre juste parce qu'il rit pas aux mêmes blagues que la prétendue France bien pensante qui a bien cinquante piges et qui commence à refouler (parce que c'est ça aussi Charlie…) ou qu'il ne se reconnaît pas dans les propos de Charlie (qui reste quand même de l'humour de cour de récré: je veux dire bite chatte prêtres pédophiles tantouzes arabe voleurs petit nègre et consorts… Ça volait plus haut quand j'étais en cm2…) je le tabasse à coup de canards ! Et je parle pas d'un journal !