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In Wake Of Sandy, New Jersey Residents Can Vote By Email

Yesterday, the state of New Jersey announced a very interesting alteration to this year’s voting process: voters may now submit their application via email. That’s right, registered voters in New Jersey won’t have to wait in line at the polls this year, they can cast a ballot from the comfort of their own home, and do so electronically.

New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno says that the move was enacted to alleviate pressure from polling places on November 6. As a result of the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, many polling places in the Garden State have been replaced by military trucks. Cleanup is still under way, and will be for a while.

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Tweets Will Decide The Presidential Debates

In just a couple of days, Americans will see President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney go head-to-head for the first time in a national debate. It will be held in the typical debate style, moderated in the same fashion as always, but the outcome will come about in a way we’ve never seen before. In previous years, talking heads on the major news networks would spend days following the debate trying to convince the American people of which candidate won, and why. This time around, analysis, winners, and losers will be decided on Twitter.

Social media started to play a huge role in the 2008 campaigns, and then-candidate Obama leveraged it to his advantage. Since then, it appears that much of the political atmosphere has caught on to the idea–and it makes perfect sense. While many people may be annoyed by the increased political discourse taking place on their usually benign social networks, it’s a reasonable notion to believe that the discussions are effective. In fact, for certain demographics, they may be even more effective than traditional political advertising.

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