Well, the Presidential election is only one day away…after which, the US begins the 11 week transition period to a new administration!
As established by the twentieth amendment to the US Constitution, “the terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January.” So what exactly happens between election day and January 20th? There are a lot of interesting stories about that, which help convey the strong tradition behind lengthy transition periods in the US. In addition to the history, the General Services Administration has various (semi-)recently documented responsibilities during this period under The Presidential Transition Act of 2000, while other branches of the government focus on their respective areas. For example, the Office of Personnel Management focuses on…personnel changes, while the military plans for possible incidents during this time. But what exactly will President-Elect Obama or President-Elect McCain be doing? As you might expect, they’ve already started planning their administrations, an activity they have far more time to accomplish prior to the “official” transition than our friends in some other countries.
Do you know what to do if your vote is suppressed? GOODVOTE.ORG is a group of volunteers from the technology community and blogosphere who simply want the will of the voters to be reflected in the result of the 2008 election. Our only purpose is to make sure that when legitimate voters are challenged they know who to turn to for help.
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Project Vote 2008 aims to repair “vote caging” [discussed previously] by compiling Google spreadsheets of affected households. Check your own status, and alert friends or neighbors you find there that their voter registration status is at risk for “alleged or actual deficiencies.”
via the gang at metafilter.com