How To Vote


http://www.coloneljake.com/AUK/HTV/

[How to Vote Mini-FAQ]

1. When does the ballot take place?
2. Where can I find the ballot?
3. How can I tell that it's the real ballot?
4. I nominated somebody but the name didn't appear on the ballot!
5. Are only AUK regulars allowed to vote?
6. How do I cast my vote?
7. If I make a mistake, can I correct my vote?
8. If I'm nominated for an award, may I vote for myself?
9. How can I be reasonably sure that my vote will be counted?
10. Can a candidate who has appeared on the ballot be disqualified?
11. Are there any other ballots in AUK besides the monthly one?
12. If I don't like these rules, what should I do?


1. When does the ballot take place?

Each month's ballot usually appears on the first day of the following month, and votes are accepted for seven days after. The Vote Wrangler always votes last, and thus has the privilege of resolving (or creating) ties. The results usually appear soon after the close of poll.

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2. Where can I find the ballot?

In the newsgroup alt.usenet.kooks, with a subject line such as "VOTE! Usenet Kook Awards, [Month] [Year]". Follow-ups to the ballot may also be crossposted to other groups to allow people who don't regularly read AUK to vote.

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3. How can I tell that it's the real ballot?

Short answer: You can't.

Long answer: More or less skilful forgeries of a ballot appear from time to time, usually either because somebody's favourite nominee has been disqualified or in a kooky attempt to choose the Vote Wrangler as Kook of the Month. If the headers are imitated well, it may be difficult to tell the fake from the real thing. Use common sense and, if in doubt, wait a while to see what the AUK regulars think of it. However, voting in a fake ballot doesn't disqualify you from voting in the real one, so making a mistake won't do any real harm.

Note: If you're planning to post your own fake ballot, be prepared for much hilarity at your expense.

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4. I nominated somebody but the name didn't appear on the ballot!

Your nominee may not have been seconded, or may have been disqualified for various reasons. Sometimes the Vote Wrangler will announce this, either in the nomination thread or in a separate post, and this site also includes a list of nominations with indications of which have been accepted or refused. If in doubt, ask. Accidental injustices can sometimes be rectified by Executive Decision.

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5. Are only AUK regulars allowed to vote?

By no means. Anybody who isn't a known net.kook may vote.

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6. How do I cast my vote?

You post a follow-up to the original ballot or to a crossposted follow-up that has no omissions, additions or other alterations. If you see the ballot in a group other than AUK, trimming extraneous groups from the newsgroups line is acceptable, as long as your post appears in AUK. E-mail votes will not be counted, though e-mail queries to the Vote Wrangler might be answered.

Each section of the ballot has separate rules, so always read the instructions carefully. There are usually only two categories of voting:

    Vote "Yes" or "No".

    Vote for or against the candidate, or abstain by either leaving the section blank or by marking the section as ABSTAIN. If there's more than one candidate, you may vote for all or none.
    Vote for one candidate, or for "none of the above" if the option is given.

    This should be self-explanatory, but note that "none of the above" is a deliberate vote against all the candidates, not an abstention. To abstain, either leave the section blank or mark the section as ABSTAIN.

Feel free to add comments, but try to make it clear which candidates you're voting for. Remember that you can always abstain in any section of the ballot if you don't feel you can make an informed choice or if all the candidates seem equally good.

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7. If I make a mistake, can I correct my vote?

Yes, within reason, but correcting a mistake and repeatedly changing your mind aren't the same thing.

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8. If I'm nominated for an award, may I vote for myself?

No, and you may not vote for a rival candidate either. Moreover, drawing attention to your candidacy may lead to disqualification. This applies to the "good" awards, e.g., Pierre Salinger Memorial Hook Line & Sinker and Hammer of Thor, as well as to the "bad" awards.

However, you may vote in all sections of the ballot in which your own name doesn't appear - provided you're not disqualified for being a kook, of course.

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9. How can I be reasonably sure that my vote will be counted?

A few simple precautions will help:

    Use your regular posting identity, or at least one that can be recognised as you.

    If you're not an AUK regular and use X-No-Archive, provide a clue as to where you post regularly. Otherwise the Vote Wrangler may not be able to verify that you're a bona fide voter, not a sockpuppet.

    Don't try to vote a second time with a sockpuppet. You will be found out, and both your ballots will be disqualified. You may also be disenfranchised from nominating, seconding, and voting on future elections at the discretion of the Vote Wrangler.

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10. Can a candidate who has appeared on the ballot be disqualified?

Yes, at the Vote Wrangler's discretion. Vote fraud and campaigning for oneself are the commonest reasons.

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11. Are there any other ballots in AUK besides the monthly one?

Yes:

    The ballot for Kook of the Year takes place after the December results have been announced.

    The ballot for the Fr00tcake and Bag of Coal awards takes place in December, results being announced on Dec 20th, AUK's Birthday.

    Occasional ballots - for special awards, impeachments, overseers of newsgroups, etc - are held from time to time. Such ballots may be "official" even if not conducted by the regular Vote Wrangler.

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12. If I don't like these Nazi rules, what should I do?

Go away? Whine? Start a revolution? Get used to it? The possibilities are endless, but suggesting improvements might be a good first step. The Vote Wrangler may be a dictator, but rumours of the torture cells under Cabal HQ are if anything, underestimated totally false.

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2 comments:

  1. Why is campaigning for yourself not allowed?

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    1. Excellent question. Those nominated for all awards except awards for merit are encouraged to campaign for themselves. For those nominated for merit awards, however, it is considered very bad form. Awards for merit are:
      The Pierre Salinger Memorial Hook, Line & Sinker
      The Hammer of Thor
      Trainer, Barbara Woodhouse Memorial Dog-Whistle Award

      As alt.usenet.kooks is an unmoderated group, one can post and campaign as one wishes. However, those who have been nominated for merit awards, and choose to campaign for themselves, run the risk of alienating their peers and losing the votes of said peers. If the campaigning gets out of hand, the FNVW has the right to throw out the nomination. So, the short answer is that self-campaigning can be done, but risks are involved. Thanks for submitting your question!

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