I'm Registered to (trade my) Vote
I'm glad to share that I've registered to vote in New York. I'm glad not just because I'm a West-Wing-watching sap who believes that voting is a civic responsibility as well as a personal privilege, but also because we live in terrifying times and face an election of terrifying stakes.
"But Ross," you might object, "isn't New York, like, 99% likely to go for Clinton anyway?"
To this I reply:
- It's still a closer race here than in Maryland, which FiveThirtyEight claims is 99.8% likely to go Clinton.
- I'm a West-Wing-watching sap who believes that voting is a civic responsibility as well as a personal privilege.
- I'm going to be trading my vote with a third-party voter in a swing state.
"I'm sorry, what?"
Scott Aaronson laid out the case for vote-swapping exceedingly well in a recent blog post, so I won't re-hash the matter here. Suffice it to say (for those who can't be bothered to click through that link) that the Ninth Circuit's 2007 ruling