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Embryos, Stem Cells Vote Bush in Record Numbers
December 12, 2042

WASHINGTON DC--In only the second national election since implementation of new voting rules under the Unborn Voting Rights Act, heavy Republican voting among embryos and active embryonic stem cell lines may have determined the outcome of a presidential election. A special committee formed by the Federal Election Commission to analyze voting in President-elect Bush's November victory reported Wednesday that embryos and open-source stem cell lines cast nearly 27% of votes in the presidential race. "Our analysis indicates a much greater than expected turn-out among newly-enfranchised single-cell and single-neuron voters," noted committee chairman Arnold Pusse. "This is a watershed moment in the evolution of the American electorate."

Discussing the specialized polling equipment designed to predict voting preferences of single neurons and small-cluster embryos, the committee noted that the equipment functioned well within error margins and offered few use or implementation problems at local polling stations. "We were really pleased with the ease-of-deployment of the Microsoft solution," explains Florida Director of Elections Maryanne Freebie. "Handheld devices enabled scanning of petri-dishes and test-tubes for headcount and DNA-signed voter-roll checks, while simple, self-positioning filament leads allowed us to link voting cells to the full NT-hosted vote-extracting models."

Though praising the Commission's rapid deployment of standards-based technical solutions to fulfill its obligations under a new and untested law, the committee acknowledged a number of formal, public complaints about the computer models behind the vote-extraction technology. "By choosing a private-sector vendor like Microsoft, the Commission effectively shielded key parts of the technology from public view," notes VOTE! executive director Elaine Just. "The computer model is doing a lot of the work, hypothesizing the full mental process involved in voting, sometimes on the basis of a single neuron. We need to know that that model is non-partisan."

The committee's conclusion that nearly 89% of single-cell and single-neuron voters supported Ms. Bush has fed speculation that Democrats will mount a legal challenge to the Act and the Commission's rules. Though not ruling out the possibility of litigation, Terrence Limp, speaking on behalf of the DNC, dismissed rumors of court action as "premature." "We understand that there may be ideological reasons that embryos tend to vote Republican. We certainly aren't interested in disenfranchising anyone because of how they vote. But it's important that we get the technology right."

Reviewing its findings on embryo voting in the context of declining non-embryonic turn-out, the committee projected dramatically declining average-brain-cell-per-voter counts over the next three election-cycles. "As average voter-neuron counts decrease, we anticipate a greater and greater ideological skew. Single-cell organisms appear to vote Republican in overwhelming numbers."

Responding to recent charges of embryo voting irregularities, the committee concluded that rumors of concerted efforts among Republicans to "get out" the embryo vote by growing and registering thousands of embryonic clusters in the weeks leading up to the election are "unfounded and unsupported by any available evidence."

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