Monday, November 12, 2007

There's precision for you

Last week I received a mailout from the Maricopa County Recorders office, the people who run elections here. The trend is, it seems, to try and get as many people as possible to vote by mail, doubtless with the goal, ultimately, of not having walk in voting at all. Over this little black ducks dead body; I like the process of attending at the polling place and sticking my ballot in the box.

Hence the mailout; an application for permanent early voting registration. Obviously I don't intend to avail myself of the opportunity; methinks the travel has calmed down to a predictable level. That said, I'm off to Dallas tomorrow (Tuesday) on a mere weeks notice, to present at a customer internal users group meeting. And even if they *did* require me to travel the day before the next Presidential Election, I can always use the walk-in early voting system.

All of which is my typically long winded introduction to what caught my eye on the permanent early voting registration form; they had a section which lists the potential dates of elections. Obviously they don't print exact dates nor do they predict the next five or ten years dates, nope, they list the formulae by which the election dates are set.

This differs markedly from the system I'm used to where the incumbent government gets to choose a date, within certain limits, that it believes is most conducive to winning. Thus you can never quite predict an exact date. Not so here in the US it seems.

There's one we all know; the first Tuesday following the First Monday in November. Two more, the details of which I don't remember, and then this one, which cracked me up.

The Ninth Tuesday before the First Tuesday after the First Monday in November! Got that?

At least it explains this[^].


Missy said...

Hehe, my husband just got one of those cards in the mail too (and blogged about it, coincidentally). Anyway, I did a google search to try and figure out just when “The ninth Tuesday before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November” was, and came across your blog, but unfortunately nothing explaining when exactly that is. Apparently my puny brain can't imagine which month has a ninth Tuesday. In any case, it just amused me to see your blog, and I thought I'd post this random useless comment.

Rob said...

You could have left a pointer to your husbands blog! :-)