A Strange Election Grand Tour
The Local GT Option
The Nuts and Bolts Explanation:
The local option allows you to complete this grand tour
in any one or more of the 48 contiguous states. Unlike the Long Distance version
the A Strange Election GT, Alaska and Hawaii are not part of the local option.
You will be provided with a red and blue GT flag. You
will take these GT Flags to as many counties (or county equivalents) within a
state as you like. When you arrive in a county (or county equivalent), you will
take a photo of your red and/or blue flag, along with your motorcycle at the
county line sign, county welcome sign or county courthouse.
display the red flag in a photo if you think a Republican candidate will win the
county (or county equivalent) in the 2016 Presidential Election. You will
display the blue flag if you think a Democratic candidate will win the county
(or county equivalent) in the 2016 Presidential Election. If you think an
independent candidate or a candidate from a third party will win the county (or
county equivalent) you will display both the red and blue flag in a single
photo. Got it? Use the red flag for a Republican win, the blue flag for a
Democratic win and use both flags for an independent or third party candidate to
win the County (or County Equivalent).
Point scoring is based upon the
percentage of counties (or county equivalents) correctly predicted in the
presidential election for any given state.
For example, if you correctly predict 100 of Georgia’s
159 counties your score will be 63%. The rider with the highest percentage of
counties (or county equivalents) correctly predicted wins the state but there
are several finishing levels.
||The rider with the highest percentage of
correctly predicted counties in any chosen state.
||The rider with the second highest percentage of
correctly guessed counties in any chosen state.
||Any rider who correctly predicts at least 75%
of the counties (or county equivalents) within any chosen state.
||Any rider who correctly predicts at least 50%
but less than 75% of the counties (or county equivalents) in any chosen
||Any rider who has documented stops in at least
50% of the counties (or county equivalents) within a state regardless of
the accuracy of their predictions.
Photo Rule Rundown:
County line sign, county welcome sign or county
Red and/or Blue flag based upon the party that you
think will receive the most votes in the county (or county equivalent) in
the Presidential Election (check)
If you cannot get your flag, motorcycle and county
limit/welcome sign/county courthouse, in a single photo, you may add up two
additional photos for clarity and validation. Oftentimes this means
including close up photos of signage and distance photos of the motorcycle
You can submit up to three photos for each stop if
needed. If one photo will work, then just send one photo. Please do not send
extra photos. You will confuse the judges and slow scoring.
County Courthouses are easily identified. Don’t
worry about having an identifying signage in the photo. Just tell us which
county it is from and we will verify the photo.
Be safe. If a stop puts you at risk, move on. For
example, you do not need to stop on a busy freeway to get a county
line/welcome sign. You can move on to a county courthouse or make the stop
when there is less traffic. Safety first. There will always be another GT.
There will never be another you.
Our judges are simple folks who only score what they
see. Grainy, hazy, and incomplete photo documentation can harm your score.
Check your photos for awesomeness on location whenever you can.
Completing the Local GT:
To finish the local version of this GT you must meet
or exceed the requirements to be a Professional Staffer in one or more
Your submission must include a list of your stops
and corresponding photos. The list can be in an e-mail, Excel, Word, PDF, it
does not matter. Just provide us a simple list of the names of the counties
or county equivalents for which you are submitting photos.
If you complete more than one state, please provide
a separate stop list for each state and its associated counties as well as a
separate photo submission for each state.
We prefer all photos be submitted
electronically/digitally. However, print photos, pen drives and camera cards
are accepted. Please contact email@example.com for
details if you want to submit photos manually.
All photos (or links to digital photo albums) must
be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or postmarked on or
before September 30, 2016.
The top finisher in each state will be declared
governor of that state and will be entered into a special prize pool for
governors. The rider who correctly predicts the most counties nationwide
will receive a plaque to commemorate their dedication to localness.
All finishers will receive a finisher’s pin or
something similar, as a memento. There is a limit of one memento per rider
regardless of how many states are completed in the local option. Finishers
will also receive a single entry into a prize pool for each county they
correctly predict, without limitation, in the Local GT. There are separate
prize pools for the local and long distance versions of this GT.
Prizewinners will be drawn at random.
Riffs, Notes, and Clarification:
This local version of the GT is a lot harder than it
sounds. Plan carefully.
DC is not a county for this Local Grand Tour and
Alaska and Hawaii are excluded in total.
Remember to stay organized if you are completing
more than one state. We will not be able to sort through disorganized photos
from several states for you.
Be mindful of counties and county equivalents.
Parishes in Louisiana count as counties. In addition, you must also be aware
that Virginia, Maryland, Missouri and Nevada have independent cities that
count as counties. Maryland has Baltimore, Missouri has St. Louis, Nevada
has Carson City and Virginia has about 38 independent cities that count as
counties for this grand tour.
We say “about 38” for Virginia because this
number can change. It is up to you to figure out the counties and county
Let us dwell for a moment on this idea of county
equivalents with an example.
Maryland has Baltimore County and Baltimore
City as counties or county equivalents in the 2016 Presidential Election.
Baltimore County and Baltimore City are therefore separate recordable stops
for this GT.
You cannot claim both with a single stop or a single set of
photos. You need to get photos from Baltimore County an Baltimore City.
For a list of county and county equivalents, you can
Google, “2012 Presidential Election by County” and you will find some
helpful maps and websites. We liked this one:
You can also consult a state’s board of
elections or check the census. We used this link for our research:
What if there is a tie between two or more riders in
a single state? No worries, we have a plan for that and will be asking each
finishing rider to make a final prediction after the submission deadline as
Decisions by our judges are final.
We know that in some states County Courthouses are
called the Hall of Records, or County Administrative Building or something
similar. We also know that some Courthouses such as the Massachusetts
Clinton District Court is actually called Clinton Court by the locals. It is
all the same thing and they all count.
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