Gore wins by landslide -- in internet mock elections

Democrat presidential hopeful Al Gore has beaten George Dubya Bush by a landslide, in Wellington. A series of internet mock elections at US embassies around the world saw heavy defeats for the Republican contender.

Democrat presidential hopeful Al Gore has beaten George Dubya Bush by a landslide, in Wellington.

A series of internet mock elections at US embassies around the world saw heavy defeats for the Republican contender.

And unlike in Florida, where a recount was required, the results were known within minutes.

The elections were staged by US-based internet voting company election.com, which has operations in New Zealand.

Voting at the US embassy began at 1pm last Wedesday, as guests, including National Party leader Jenny Shipley, attended an election function staged by US Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun. It was an opportunity for non-Americans to vote in a US election.

Election.com managing director Stephen Kilpatrick says guests were given a log-on password and cast their vote one of a pair of computers set behind screens. They merely entered their password and clicked on the candidate of their choice. Polls closed at 4pm and the result was read out minutes later by Moseley Braun.

In Wellington, Gore beat Bush by 73 votes to 42. In Sydney, Gore's winning margin was 109 to 35. In Canberra, Gore won by 76 to 43. Early polls in London had Gore in front by 115 to 82 and by 54 to 19 in New York.

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