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The Missing Links: The Election As A Graphic Novel

Susan B. Anthony Voted 140 Years and 1 Day Ago And after she did so, she was arrested. Go vote. * Second Place Is First Loser How do you get over losing a Presidential election? Walter Moldale, Michael Dukakis and Bob Dole offer their personal experiences on shaking off the defeat. * The 2012 Presidential [...]

Shop The mental_floss Election Collection!

You may have heard that today is Election Day. So while you’re standing in line to vote or anxiously waiting for the results—and maybe even contemplating a move to Canada—shop our Election Collection. Whether you’re looking for Election Day fun you can take home or a good holiday gift for your favorite politico, there’s something [...]

Election Day in the USA

The first election results are in, from tiny Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. The village is famous for opening its polling place at midnight on Election Day and voting -and reporting the results immediately. This morning, ten citizens cast their vote, and in the presidential race, there was a tie: five votes each for President Obama [...]

10 Public Figures Who Choose Not to Vote

We’re not telling you not to vote. We’re just saying that these 10 people won’t be (or didn’t). 1. Nate Silver When “Poblano” began publishing his 2008 presidential election predictions and analyses on Daily Kos in 2007, people paid attention. Then “Poblano” moved to his own blog, FiveThirtyEight.com, where he later revealed he was really Nate Silver, [...]

Poll Watching

This late in the presidential election season, doesn’t it seem like we’ve turned from deciding who will be our president for the next four years to watching a never-ending horse race? Randall Munroe at xkcd noticed that our obsession with the polls that shift ever-so-slightly from day to day obscure that fact that this, like [...]

Poor Abby

(YouTube link) Four-year-old Abby is tired of “Bronco Bama” and Mitt Romney. We’re all tired, Abby. But the election will be over soon. Abby was reacting to hearing yet another election story on NPR. So NPR has issued an apology to Abby. Link

Debate Prep: A Brief History of American Political Debates

by Maggie Koerth-Baker Getty Images From the Revolution up to the turn of the 20th century, America preferred that its presidential candidates be seen and not heard. The presidency was regarded as so solemn an office that it was considered indecent and prideful to aspire to. Instead, candidates were to approach nomination as if it were something [...]

Saturday Night Live Presidential Debates

The first real debate of this presidential election year is coming up tomorrow. But the debates held over the years on SNL are a lot more fun! Can you recall who played the candidates in those comedy debates? Test yourself with today’s Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss. I scored 50%, because I knew the really old [...]

Knope-Newport and 6 Other Memorable TV Elections

Image credit: Knope2012.com Tonight’s season finale of Parks and Recreation will feature one of the most hotly contested elections since Truman defeated Dewey. While we wait to see whether Leslie Knope trumps Bobby Newport for a seat on the Pawnee City Council, here are some of our other favorite TV election episodes. 1. Cheers After Boston City Councilman [...]

Political Posters That Urge You To Vote For The Villain

Seeing as how we are in an election year, it’s not surprising that candidates are coming out of the woodwork and declaring their bid for various offices. But with all the problems we’re having in the world, financially and otherwise, wouldn’t it be nice to elect someone who is up front about being full of bad [...]