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Don't Go to Mars to Save Humanity. Go to SD, AK, ND, IA and NH

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Intentional blue population increases in five red states could permanently flip the senate and help close the deal on Presidential electoral college votes.

The question is, what will it take to get activists to move to flippable red states?

I've dug up the results of states where Repubicans won by small amounts.

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The five smallest state margins added up to 149,000 votes to win statewide elections--either governor or US senator.

The numbers after each state represent how many votes a statewide senatorial or gubernatorial election was won by in 2018.

South Dakota 12,

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Alaska 20,

North Dakota 36,

Iowa 40,

New Hampshire 41,

For a total of 149,000

What if activists from solid blue states could be incentivized to move to these five states? What might it take to incentivize and enable them?

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Keep in mind that these would not just be voters. They would be activists who would do get out the vote work to improve turnout and persuade undecided to vote blue. If we assume that each person would help increase turnout by just two or three percent it could make a huge difference, in addition to the actual added blue population.

Let's play with this idea. Start with the 149,000 and add a 10% buffer--to take it up to a rounded 165,000 people.

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Well you get lots of points for creativity! ;-)

But it feels a little like trying to reverse-engineer gerrymandering.

Wouldn't it be easier to focus on educating the required percentage of the population in each state?

If your program would take, say, 2 years, then perhaps 2 years of educating the 16-18 year olds who already reside there would take care of this without a mass relocation effort. (In fact, those 16-18 year olds may already be listening to the Parkland High kids and others like them, and this could already be a done deal.)

It didn't get a lot of press, but there was a mass walkout of high school students eligible to vote on Election Day...they voted, and I'm pretty sure they weren't voting for Republicans. They may well have been part of the reason for the blue wave.

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Great work, Rob! Wonderful blue-sky thinking. If this becomes a real project it will be attacked viciously. Better have lawyers critique it before proceeding.

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A Los Angeles TIMES reporter, seeking myriads of ways to praise the Great American Patriot George H W Bush, wrote that he was the exact opposite of Donald Trump...

- indicating that he and the TIMES are clueless as to why Donald Trump was elected President.

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Yes, of course, after only just two years of Trump we're ready to turn #Blue and even pay for it as well, but once the Blues (Democrats) take office we start looking at the Red (Republicans) and even believe what the Republicans say to make themselves "look good" (e.g., Trump - "Make America Great Again") but for who by cutting corporate taxes from 35% to 20% of course - NOT.

Probably what the nation really needs is a viable, strong, and popular Third Party Choice which would "garner" at least 40% of the seats in the House and Senate thereby "breaking forever"(the "iron clad grip" 'stranglehold' of the Two Party System in the United States resulting in #EndlessWars #EndlessDebt #CenturyOfEnslavement).

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We need ranked choice voting in order to make third party candidates viable.

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"Easy, that's all there is to it".


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We're working on it.

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Brilliant! Hilarious title!


How can we get this incisive article into the hands of a lot of key decision makers? I will do my part with key Facebook groups (hopefully~~~~you know how challenging that can be, eh?)


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Or, we could throw out the computers and demand the right of the voters to count the ballots for themselves, which may well be the problem in the first place. For all we know, they're already voting blue.

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Well with the manipulations from the Republican and Democrat power players (DNC is not a distant memory) "For all we know, they're already voting Independent. What we truly know is that we don't know and every system is designed to get the exact result it was designed to get!

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Exactly. And, letting the voters count the ballots themselves would probably be cheaper.

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You are simply wrong.

No, they are voting what you see.

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No BFalcon, it is a game of three blind mice who are not able to mass a resistance because they are divided. The blind mice can't communicate with the deaf or mute because the sign language (free and independent press) is forbidden increasingly under what is going to be death sentences (assassinations & other means) if they communicate reality among each other.

What happened to BFalcon, what have they done with him?

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I don't know which Falcon you miss, this is the same one.

First, it seems that you agree that it is not the vote counting that is the main problem but the votes themselves.

Second, I would argue that the press is free but corrupt.

Third, that the main problem is that the voters vote their own wrong prejudices that were inflamed by Fox and Republican company.

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The germ of, "What a great idea!" Can someone come up with a public banking/re-insurance scheme to enable it?

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Sounds suspiciously like a variation on the National Socialist power grab in 1930s Germany. Instead of a Constitutional Republic of individual states that reflect the views of those states, let's marginalize the "other" so we can proceed with the grand view of the collectivist state. Instead of Jews, it will be conservative Christians who stand in the way of the glorious utopia the state can accomplish

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