Saturday, September 20, 2014

Find: Swedish voter uses JavaScript code as write-in candidate

Swedish voter uses JavaScript code as write-in candidate
// Ars Technica

Swedish democracy had its latest workout last Sunday, September 14, with the election of members to the national parliament (Riksdag), county council assemblies, and municipal assemblies. While established political parties drew most of the votes, Sweden allows (and then minutely chronicles) write-in votes. This process has created such venerable institutions as the Kalle Anka Partiet (the "Donald Duck Party," a common write-in), but it also lends itself to more mischievous uses—such as jotting down a bit of JavaScript on the vote form.

Valmyndigheten, the Swedish electoral authority, helpfully logs every single write-in vote across the country, then publishes the complete list on its website. In last Sunday's election, for instance, Swedes voted for:

  • Satanistiskt initiativ
  • Schizofrena autistpartiet
  • Wisemans wisdoms
  • Young volcanoes
  • Vote for pedro
  • Jesus kristus! vår frälsare som älskare oss, dog för oss vill oss det absolut bästa! Halleluja ("Jesus Christ ! Our savior loves us, died for us, wants the best for us! Hallelujah")
  • Ett bättre Sverige för Allah ("A better Sweden for Allah")
  • Bangkok bargirls
  • Led Zeppelin

And, naturally, the "Cannabispartiet."

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