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.
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.
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.
|Candidate||Party||Nominated by||Date||Campaign HQ|
|010camaro||Independent||010camaro, offtopic/civfanatic||July 14||010camaro for President of the Sandbox Republic|
|offtopic/Lord Roem||Independent/offtopic/Yorkshire Socialist Party||offtopic/Lord Roem, TheDarkMessiah, offtopic/Jord839, offtopic/catboy637, offtopic/Hashasheen, offtopic/Zacoftheaxes, offtopic/Krall, offtopic/mmmeee0, Penelope, offtopic/Paladin||July 14||Lord Roem For Sandbox President!|
Several candidates ultimately withdrew their nominations:
|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.|
The presidential election was held from July 23 to July 25, 2010. The results were released on July 25.
|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.
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
|offtopic/razors are for fish||July 20||11|
New Imperial Party Candidates
Royalist Party Candidates
|Richard Harrow||July 14||8|
Motionless Cthulhu Party Candidates
Don't Give a Damn Party Candidates
|offtopic/January First-of-May||July 14||6|
Several candidates ultimately withdrew their nominations:
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.
|offtopic/Ward||Don't Give a Damn Party||6||17%|
|offtopic/Zacoftheaxes||Motionless Cthulhu Party||11||33%|
TimelineExplorer and Zacoftheaxes were elected to Congress. Turnout in this election was 34.