As you all most likely know, a new Senate Race started just a few weeks ago.
I love this event, which takes place very two months, because it brings voting
to kids who don't get to vote in the real world!
Fact is, though, kids may not have the maturity to keep from doing wrong things
in a senate race. They think of ideas to get votes and get power, but don't
realize they are too cruel or too unfair to use. Here are a few of these wrong
ideas listed below:
Get Friends to Vote for You.
I know, this isn't exactly a crime, when you look at it a different way. I myself
have had the pressure pushing on my shoulders. But what pressure, you ask? Pressure,
pressure from your friends being mad at you because you might not like their
ideas and you want to vote for another platform. You don't have to listen to
them! Vote for what you want to happen to Whyville. Don't vote because your
friends put you up to it -- choose who you think is the right choice. Hopefully
you will like your friend's ideas, and you can vote for him or her.
Vote for Yourself.
A lot of these platforms are cheated on, I think. About half of the platforms
you view will be like the one I found. Check it out...
(Notice how I underlined the possible usernames that seem to be repeated over
and over again.)
Now, I really don't think there are actually that many "Jorges" and
"ImPoors" who want to vote for this platform maker. I cannot tell
you the name of the maker of this platform, but I can tell you one thing...
THIS IS WRONG!!!
Using Multiple Accounts to Vote for Somebody.
I've noticed that in most previous top-ranking platforms, there have been at
least 10 usernames that had the same part of names; for example, WhyTimesrock
and then something like WhyTimesR0ck. These citizens do not exist, but it is
just a good example of what is going on. This might also be an example of what's
above, but I realized in one of the top-three leaders I saw four of my friend's
usernames' that all started with the same letters.
A load of platforms make it to the top three just based on popularity. Is it
just a coincidence that PUNKnPIE just happens to know most of the major store
makers who signed her platform, and that she makes wonderful face parts? I am
not being critical, but this is what happens in most every election and it is
bad. Most people look more that the screen name rather then what the platform
This is one of the most major part of the problem. Citizens are bribing people
into making them vote for them. Giving out clams, doing humiliating things,
and one of the worst... people are giving their passwords after the election
is done. This hasn't happened to many people but I know citizens who have gotten
their accounts stolen because they wanted one simple vote, most of these citizens
don't even make the top three. These are just a few of the many bribes you can
find for a vote.
Thank you for your time! I really hope you think second thoughts before you
do any of these horrible things for a vote.
Editor's Note: Is it really horrible to be well-known and run
for office? Is it really so bad to ask your friends to vote for you? When does
someone cross the line from asking politely to be considered, to pressuring
their friends too much? And when is it not fair to use the signs of your hard
work and success in Whyville -- your clams -- to get ahead?
I'm reminded of an earlier article by Times Writer wildfire9, What's Wrong with This Senate Race!? At the end of that article,
"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!"