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Sandbox Republic General Election of 2010

The first elections in the history of the Sandbox Republic, held to determine the presidency and composition of the 1st Congressional Assembly.

Campaigning and Overview

After an initial flurry of Presidential candidates, offtopic/Lord Roem quickly captured the momentum and won multiple endorsements from members of the former Imperial Republic government. Lord Roem became the first to begin using campaign videos, a technological first for any AH.com politician. By July 16, the presidential election became a two-person race between Lord Roem and 010camaro.

010camaro published his campaign platform on July 15, listing a series of conservative policies, promising to pass an Endangered ASB Act and to work toward rehabilitating Sandbox's relations with AH.com at large. Lord Roem published his own campaign platform on July 16, the foundations of which rested on constitutional reform, foreign policy, and defense. He also announced that “Roam” by the B-52's would be his official campaign song. On the same day, accusations emerged that 010camaro had been trying to bribe voters with promises of video games, beer and women. He denied that he'd promised to actually deliver these things, however expressed his personal belief in them and implied he would seek to fulfill such promises if the need arose.

In the Congressional race, candidates from five political parties registered within the first couple of days: the Socialist Dreamers Party, the New Imperial Party, the Royalist Party, the Somalia Party, the Motionlessness Party, and the Communist Confederate Cthulhu Party. Alongside them were numerous independent candidates. The Socialist Dreamers Party proved popular early on and, by July 17, appeared well on its way to winning a plurality of seats. Several of the smaller parties struggled to win over as many members, though. In a bid to attract more members, the Motionlessness Party briefly changed its name to the New Keep Everything the Way It Was Party. The Motionlessness Party ultimately merged with a second small party, the Communist Confederate Cthulhu Party, to form the Motionless Cthulhu Party. The Don't Give a Damn Party joined the race on July 17.

After several days of surveying, the first polls were released by offtopic/Demosthenes on July 19. The polls showed Lord Roem with a commanding lead in the presidential race: 62.1% against 010camaro's 13.8%. In the congressional generic ballot, the Socialist Dreamers won a plurality of 31%, edging out the New Imperial Party's 24.1%. The Royalists won a respectable 13.8%, a tie with a generic Independent candidate, while Motionless Cthulhu and Somalia trailed behind with 3.4% and 0% respectively. Despite the press they had received, polls showed that 82.8% of voters felt campaign videos were not having much effect on their decisions. The polls also found strong support for a Sandbox Army (71% in favor, 15% against), lukewarm support for a Supreme Court of Lulz (49% in favor, 35% against) and the proposed Gentlemen-Emisarries Bill (50% in favor, 27% against), and little support for an hereditary House of Congress (30% in favor, 49% against).

On July 20, the Sandbox Republic's Electoral Officer, offtopic/Demosthenes, announced plans to end the presidential primaries and congressional nominations earlier than scheduled. The next day, the change became official; presidential elections were now scheduled to be held over 72 hours between July 23 and 25.

As a result of its poor showings in the polls and lack of support, the Somalia Party dissolved and its members joined the Royalist Party on July 22.

Congressional nominations ended on July 23 with all but two seats filled and it was decided that a four-way tie amongst offtopic/January First-of-May (IND), offtopic/Ward (DGD), offtopic/Zacoftheaxes (MC), and offtopic/TimelineExplorer (R) for the final two seats would be determined by a by-election held July 24 and 25.

The 2010 General Elections ended July 25. Lord Roem was elected the 1st President of the Sandbox Republic. TimelineExplorer (R) and Zacoftheaxes (MC) won the congressional by-election. The 1st Congressional Assembly convened on July 25, with the Socialist Dreamers Party winning a plurality while the remaining seats were held by the Motionless Cthulhu Party, the New Imperial Party, the Royalist Party, and Independents.

Presidential Race

Candidates

Registration for Presidential candidates opened on July 14, 2010. The voting was originally scheduled to close on August 6, but was rescheduled to close on July 28. Of the candidates nominated, only the five with the most endorsements would have been allowed proceed to the final vote, with candidates are barred from running for Congress, however the election turned into a two-person race early on.

Several candidates ultimately withdrew their nominations:

Candidate Party Withdrew on Reason
offtopic/Zacoftheaxes Independent July 14 Decided to support offtopic/Lord Roem's campaign.
offtopic/Komeyta Independent July 14 Chose to run for Congress instead.
Penelope Socialist Dreamers Party July 15 Chose to run for Congress and support offtopic/Lord Roem's campaign instead.
offtopic/civfanatic Motionlessness Party July 15 Decided to support 010camaro's campaign.
offtopic/Paladin New Imperial Party July 15 Chose to run for Congress and support offtopic/Lord Roem's campaign instead.

Election

The presidential election was held from July 23 to July 25, 2010. The results were released on July 25.

Candidates Party Votes Percentage
010camaro Independent 13 30%
offtopic/Lord Roem Independent/offtopic/Yorkshire Socialist Party 30 70%

Lord Roem was duly elected the 1st President of the Sandbox Republic. Turnout in this election was 43.

Congressional Race

Registration for Congressional Assembly candidates opened on July 14, 2010 and was originally scheduled to close on August 7, but was later rescheduled to close on July 23. Of the candidates nominated, only the twenty-three with the most endorsements were granted a seat. A four-way tie for the final two seats will be determined by a by-election held July 24 and 25.

All candidates were barred from running for President.

Socialist Dreamers Party Candidates

Socialist Dreamer Party House!

Candidate Registered Endorsements
offtopic/mmmeee0 July 14 13
Penlope July 14 14
offtopic/DudeAlmighty947 July 14 17
offtopic/Pkmatrix July 14 16
offtopic/charl July 15 12
offtopic/randomideaguy July 15 13
offtopic/AustinMontreal July 17 11
offtopic/Jello_Biafra July 20 11
offtopic/razors are for fish July 20 11
offtopic/Owain July 20 11

New Imperial Party Candidates

New Imperial Party HQ

Candidate Registered Endorsements
offtopic/Paladin July 14 10
fortyseven July 15 11
offtopic/Marix July 21 10

Royalist Party Candidates

Candidate Registered Endorsements
offtopic/TimelineExplorer July 14 6
Richard Harrow July 14 8
offtopic/euio July 19 8
offtopic/LightInfa July 19 9

Motionless Cthulhu Party Candidates

Candidate Registered Endorsements
offtopic/civfanatic July 14 8
offtopic/Zacoftheaxes July 14 6

Don't Give a Damn Party Candidates

Candidate Registered Endorsements
offtopic/Ward July 17 6

Independent Candidates

Candidate Registered Endorsements
Douglas July 14 14
offtopic/Komeyta July 14 9
offtopic/kaeim July 14 4
offtopic/January First-of-May July 14 6
TheDarkMessiah July 16 19
offtopic/maverick July 20 13
offtopic/Aero July 20 11
offtopic/Patriot July 20 11

Several candidates ultimately withdrew their nominations:

Candidate Party Withdrew on Reason
offtopic/Lord Roem Independent/offtopic/Yorkshire Socialist Party July 15 Chose to run for President instead.
offtopic/Demosthenes Independent (Demo4Congress) July 17 Became Electoral Officer

Congressional By-Election

A by-election to resolve a four-way tie for the last two seats in Congress was held from July 24 to July 25, 2010. The results were released on July 25.

TimelineExplorer and Zacoftheaxes were elected to Congress. Turnout in this election was 34.

See Also

shared_worlds/election10.txt · Last modified: 2020/02/07 22:09 by eofpi