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World Election Site?

by: Jon Henrik Gilhuus

Tue Feb 26, 2013 at 13:41:45 PM EST

I've gone and registered the name and put it on wordpress. I was thinking about making it into a site for elections (and discussions thereof) globally. It will by necessity be a project in progress, hopefully turning the comments into an informative community of English speakers from all around the world, a worldwide RRH so to speak.

Personally, I would like to welcome serious opinion pieces, so it would have more of a policy side to it than RRH, but I would also like to keep it civil. No redstate or dailykos forums.

So my questions are: Would anyone like to cooperate with me on this page? Do you have any ideas for layout and organization? Should we stick to national elections or include local/regional? What do you think about the policy side of it?

Should it be specifically right of center like RRH or should we include some of the rather nice lefties here too? I think maybe it's easier to write in a more neutral, non-provocative language when one is writing about foreign stuff, what do you think? Decisions, decisions...

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I dont know if such site could work
I think American politics is very interesting but I really doubt a german could be interested too much in Italian or french politics...I could be wrong of course...

38, male, Roma ( Italia ), conservative

a diary on the Italian elections just drew nearly 60 comments on an American election page - I should think it possible to draw in even more people if we can engage Germans, French, Scandinavians, etc?

Libertarian Conservative, Norway.

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Let us lefties in please :)
Sounds like a good idea.  There are only a few countries I'm really interested in besides America (Canada, France, Israel, Britain are what interest me the most, although of course right now places like Egypt are fascinating too), but I think it's good to have multiple perspectives so long as it stays civil.

Age 22, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)

Law and Order Communitarian, Civic Nationalist, Democrat, Francophile.

I'll become a conservative when America becomes a meritocracy

Good, good!
I'm thinking we need one page per country for "static" stuff, like facts about the political system, how many members of parliament, electoral system etc, then the dynamic blog pages with tags for the up to date coverage stuff, which may begin months before any actual election.

Libertarian Conservative, Norway.

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that's a really great idea
I'd be much more interested in following the politics in a country if there were a fact sheet accessible, and it would make it easier for the average Internet user to comment or at least understand what's going on.

Age 22, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)

Law and Order Communitarian, Civic Nationalist, Democrat, Francophile.

I'll become a conservative when America becomes a meritocracy

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Ok, page is up

First subject: Kenya. I covered that country briefly in 2007 on a Norwegian language blog, but it's a complete mess to get any grip on politically.

I've also created static pages for Switzerland and Kenya, just to create a contrast. Please give me feedback on layout and stuff in the blog comments or on - and email me if you wish to become a participant.

Libertarian Conservative, Norway.

Looks very nice

26, Male, R, NY-10

Scott Walker for President!

Could you cross-post this on DKE?
There should be ample interest in your site in that community. I believe there's a delay between creating a DailyKos account and being able to post diaries, fyi.

30, Left leaning indie, MA-7

Theoretically, yes.
However I don't really feel comfortable posting over at DKE, being quite far to the right myself. There's just too many snide remarks among the commenters, to my mind much more than here at RRH. I read the posts for political news, but I almost never bother with the comments section, unlike here.

Now, I think you lefties here at RRH are very nice people and I would not mind in the slightest having y'all as participants over at the new blog, but I am very skeptical of making a general invite at DKE. I need to be convinced of the wisdom of such a move.

Libertarian Conservative, Norway.

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Well, if you are moderating the page
You can choose which commenters to keep.  You don't have to ever comment there again, but I know for a fact that there are a few users on DKE who are very interested in international elections and aren't the Dem version of RedStaters, but don't post here.

Age 22, CA-18 (home), CA-13 (college)

Law and Order Communitarian, Civic Nationalist, Democrat, Francophile.

I'll become a conservative when America becomes a meritocracy

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Might I prevail upon one of the liberal commenters here to post something over at DailyKos? You obviously know the mood over there much better than me, and know what to write in order to convey the true meaning of the blog.

Libertarian Conservative, Norway.

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Kenya today
Elections for president & parliament in Kenya today... the blog is up and rolling. Wheeee!

If anyone would like an author (create and edit own blogposts) or editor (create and edit pages and blogposts) role over at the blog, send me an email at

Libertarian Conservative, Norway.


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