Some things in Whyville we just can't stop. Expiring face
parts, harassment toward newbies, and scamming for example. But there
is a new, big issue that has recently come up.
I had an article published a week or two ago, "Do You Have a
RIGHT to Vote?", which brought up the issue of people voting for
someone because they look 'hot'. I'm glad to say that the City Workers
have put into effect a rule that you can't vote unless you've been
registered in Whyville for four weeks. This, I believe, will prevent
the creation of multiple accounts just to sign platforms.
Yet, people have dozens of user names already and vote for
their own petitions, inflating their numbers and making them look more
popular than they could possibly be. This next part may get people
angry, but we have to fix the problem. I don't mean to pick on just one
person -- I'm sure there are others doing this as well.
I know the sky is blue, the grass is green, and people are cheating in
this election. They can write all the articles and hate mail they want,
but this must be exposed!
Let's take a look at someone's platform....
at near-random, let's choose Jorge13, who has 25 votes for him. Good
job, but how many are actually votes from other citizens, and how many
are just himself? Here's the list:
Jorge13 Jorge14 Jorge16 Jorge15 81egroJ JorgeXVII
Let's see here: Jorge14, Jorge16, Jorge15, 81edroJ (Jorge18
backwards), JorgeXVII, Jorge19, JorgeXV11 (no, not a repeat),
XxjorgexX, and xJORGEx all sound similar to Jorge13, eh? Without a
doubt in my mind, I say no one could say "Maybe they are someone else's
account?" Those are all clearly Jorge13's usernames -- and they're just
the obvious ones.
Jorge19 JorgeXVll HAPHBAKED noice xXNESHAXx 71bast71
XxjorgexX RichH0b0 xyztank Xiaolin57 cutetanya xJORGEx
kitkat40 grlygrl16 ILUVMDB Lexi45 SwtChik17 IiItiger8
Hah! In his platform, Jorge13 says that lying isn't a good way
to get votes!
As if that wasn't bad enough, here are the names on Brian98's list, a
respected runner-up from a previous senate race, now running in the current race:
Brian98 Killzo87 Kitten23 ACdc7864 ACDC8184 ACDC9999
Hmmm... Bo4444444, Bo987123, Bo987987, Brian00, Brian02, Brian04,
Brian05, Brian09, Brian07, Brian08, Brian140, BRIAN142, Brian141,
Brian143, BRIAN145, Brian146, Brian26, Brian27, Brian340, Brian888,
votebo, ILoveBo, and VoteBo1. (Bo is his nickname.) That's at least 23
votes from himself!
Bo4444444 Bo987123 Bo987987 Brian00 reg987123 Brian02
Brian04 Brian05 Brian09 Brian07 Brian08 Brian140
BRIAN142 Brian141 Brian143 BRIAN145 Brian146 Brian26
Brian27 Brian340 Brian888 Intoxic Kimmyster Mark2727
penny567 SuGaHuNy6 vicky333 xCoNgOx XTwistedX TrulyGold
imtanya K2rider ReMmEyG votebo ILoveBo VoteBo1
REG123987 Triss reg02 FRANKLlN Manderz51 nicenfun
telena CaSs005 xbellex 1gouth19 Hilary07
This race isn't about who is best for the job! It's about whoever has the most
If you want to win, win honestly. Please, DON'T CHEAT! That
is almost as bad as voting for the person that's the 'hottest'!
What can we do to stop this? Nothing, I'm afraid! They are all
different usernames and we can't say 'So-and-so voted for themselves
more than once," even though they clearly did.
City Hall, something needs to be done.
Let's keep this a clean race!
Editor's Note: I'm sure City Hall will take into account
these people's decisions to use their own accounts to vote for
themselves. On the other hand, if you do use your additional
accounts on a regular basis -- if they're "alive", real citizens of Whyville -- those accounts probably should have a right to vote, too, don't you think?
Something you *can* do to help is to keep writing these
kinds of articles, and on the flipside, encourage the *positive* part
of Whyville politics. This was an excellent case of investigative
journalism in Whyville -- thanks!