Uk Guardian Campaign, Affecting The Us Elections
Kalias SuperskulkMembers Join Date: 2002-11-01 Member: 2560Posts: 362
edited October 2004 in Discussions
"Operation Clark County"Firstly, a link to satiate your website obsessive needs.
A quick rundown. American politics affect the whole world in many ways, the environment and foreign policy for example, the Guardian believes it's a bad thing that the rest of the world has little say in such things and has started an initiative to make some sort of difference.
Basically the newspaper is suggesting UK readers write to a US voter in a "swing state", a location where the votes are very close, if you're unfamiliar with American voting it goes like this, votes for a location are counted up, and whichever side has the most is declared the "winner" and given a point, it doesn't matter if they win with 95% or 51%. (I have major issues with these methods but that bit is a matter for another discussion.)
Basically, they suggest you write to "registered independent" (which I assume means they don't state a preference) voters in these states and try to convince them to vote for your preferred candidate. Information of note is that they don't suggest which side you should vote for, and only one letter will be recieved by each person (though I do find the idea of giving away peoples addresses mildly disturbing... even if "The data on which our system is based is publicly available").
In addition they suggest contacting american media in attempts to put stories into the public eye via newspapers, radio and so on.
Again, the story lists media from both sides for people to contact.
So, what are your views on this?
Keep it civil please, I've had quite my fill of insulting, xenophobic and just plain idiotic replies on the guardian's reactions page. Sheesh.
Oh... one last thing, the campaign site, just for further informative purposes. http://guardian.assets.digivault.co.uk/clark_county/