Wednesday, October 20, 2004


The following items arrived in the imperial inbox almost simultaneously this morning, and we present them together here, although we are quite certain that the one has nothing to do with the other. First, from MTV.com, courtesy of Zemblan patriot K.Z.:
The results of the PRElection are in.

While the results do not represent a scientific sample of voters, they leave little doubt about who the PRElection voters thought should be in the White House for the next four years ...

Overall Votes:
John Kerry 59,660 (61.1 percent)
George W. Bush 38,025 (38.9 percent)

Online Votes:
John Kerry 24,052 (64.8 percent)
George W. Bush 13,084 (35.2 percent)

Mobile Phone Votes:
John Kerry 35,608 (58.8 percent)
George W. Bush 24,941 (41.2 percent)

The information below is aggregate data from the PRElection results and from the more than 35,000 participants who filled out the 10-question exit survey.

Participation and Registration:
  • Almost 120,000 used the PRElection to register to vote for real. During the three-week voting period, an average of nearly 6,000 people per day (total 116,479) registered to vote for the presidential election through the PRElection, making the PRElection one of the most used voter-registration tools this election year.
  • 205,000 participants with 48 percent turnout. Of the 205,604 people registered for the PRElection, 48 percent (approximately 97,685) cast votes. About 60,000 voted via mobile phone, and 38,000 voted online.
  • 84 percent of PRElection participants are 18-30 years old. The vast majority (84 percent) of those participating in the PRElection were 18 to 30 years old; 68 percent were between 18 and 24 years old.
State-by-State Results:
  • Kerry won 46 states and the District of Columbia.
  • Bush won only five states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Oklahoma.
  • Three states that Kerry won – Arkansas, Georgia and Utah – were extremely close with Kerry wining by four points or less.
  • If this were a real presidential election, Kerry would have won the electoral college 496 to 42.
And, from the Wall St. Journal, courtesy of Zemblan patriot M.F.:
For the second straight year, U.S. Army recruiters fell short of their goal for signing up enlistees in the first month of a new recruiting cycle.

For the first 30-day period in its new recruiting year, the Army was 30% shy of its goal of signing up 7,274 recruits. The Army had a particularly hard time recruiting for the Army Reserve, on which the Pentagon has relied heavily in Iraq and Afghanistan. Enlistments for the reserves were 45% below the target.

In the same period last year, the Army came up 25% short in its goal in the first month for enlisting 6,220 regular recruits and 40% short of its reserve enlistment goal.
UPDATE (via our venerated colleagues at Cursor): How do we know the two items above are unrelated? Because the youth of America have no reason to fear being drafted when there are so many geezers available for the President to deploy.

UPDATE II: For a good time, visit EnjoyTheDraft.com, a collaborative effort by John Aravosis of AmericaBlog, Matt Stoller of BOPNews, and Shaula Evans of Tsuredzuregusa.

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