With the 2012 presidential election fast approaching, a Brookhaven resident’s website aims to foster more interest in the workings of democracy–while offering some big prizes, too.
Brookhaven’s Allan Keiter started 270 to Win in August of 2004.
“I got the idea after what happened in 2000 with the Bush-Gore thing,” he said. “Not many people were familiar with the whole Electoral College concept before then and I figured we’re probably in for another close race in 2004. I didn’t see anything close to what I’d envisioned on the web, so basically I hired some programmers and created [270 to Win].”
270 is the number of Electoral College votes needed for a presidential candidate to win the race.
Though the site drew interest in its early years, it really started to blossom during the 2008 election with more widespread high-speed internet availability and a huge amount