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The iCandidate and Super Tuesday

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Could a Vote for a Fictional President in a Novel About a Political Reality Show Really Shake Up Washington?
Members of the NoteStream Book Club will have the opportunity to take part in a vote on Super Tuesday - March 1 - that could have lasting repercussions for the White House.
If you are a registered Republican or Democrat in the 11 states (12 for the GOP) involved in the nomination contests that day, the vote will, of course, help determine the two people who will go head to head for the presidency on November 8.
But that’s not the vote I’m talking about. That vote has already become something of a farce.





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The iCandidate and Super Tuesday

A Different Vote

Members of the NoteStream Book Club will have the opportunity to take part in a vote on Super Tuesday - March 1 - that could have lasting repercussions for the White House.

If you are a registered Republican or Democrat in the 11 states (12 for the GOP) involved in the nomination contests that day, the vote will, of course, help determine the two people who will go head to head for the presidency on November 8.

But that’s not the vote I’m talking about. That vote has already become something of a farce.

In-App Voting!

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In-App Voting!

We at NoteStream are convinced that the vote that readers of The iCandidate will be able to cast in the serialized novel’s first ever poll will have longer term ramifications for what has become an archaic election system.

Crazy, but True

This may sound crazy but I believe this to be true. Bear with me while I explain.

In the context of the book about a fictional political reality show, the reader’s vote will decide which of the eight iCandidate finalists will go through to the next round and which go home.

For those who have not yet read the first few installments, the show is a kind of political American Idol in which contestants are tested not on their vocal skills but on their political credibility and their calibre as a potential President of the United States.

True Colors

Up to now, we have been getting to know the iCandidates who are, in no particular order, a retired football hero, a house cleaner turned businesswoman, a calculating PR maven, a vain advertising exec, a start-up millionaire, a shy professor, a nutty nutritionist and a cross-dressing mayor.

They will get to show their true colors in an opening round challenge that is guaranteed to shake up the competition.

Then on Super Tuesday the book’s authors will be turning the plot over to the readers. Book Club members will be polled on how they thought the iCandidates performed and name their top three.

You Decide

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You Decide

When the iVotes, as they are called, are tallied by NoteStream’s independent adjudicators the contestant with the least number of votes goes out of the competition and the plot of the book will change accordingly.

It is, we believe, a unique opportunity for the readers to interact with the writers and help mold the story.

Bigger Dreams

Let’s agree that the iVote results when they are revealed will be interesting to those who took part but are unlikely to cause as much as a ripple in Washington, especially when it is knee deep in the real life reality show being played out around the primary and caucus votes across the country.

It is perhaps valid enough to showcase the benefits of reading on an app, but we have bigger dreams for The iCandidate.

Again, they depend very much on our readers.

Answers

For if enough readers cast their votes for the characters in the novel they will undoubtedly choose a (fictional) president that has been tried and tested.

This presidential wannabe will have been put in crisis situations involving such crucial questions as when (if ever) to press the nuclear button, how to deal with ISIS, what to do about the enormous national debt and who to call in after a natural disaster.

Model

Compare that to a property tycoon with a political manifesto as thin as his hair and a career politician who struck a deal with the devil in return for a shot at the top job.

It is not overstating the possibilities of The iCandidate to suggest it could be a model for future election reforms. Why not put the candidates through their paces BEFORE they’re elected and give everyone a vote, not just members of the two parties that have a patently unfair monopoly over our political system?

Looking For Leaders

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Looking For Leaders

We could start with a political reality show along the very same lines as portrayed in The iCandidate with viewers going on an app or online to cast their votes. The producers could scout America for the kind of people we truly want to lead - not the wealthy and entitled few that are foisted upon us.

Real people could be leading this country again.

Effective

With a big enough following, the reality show could then be a proven, effective model to revolutionize the real thing. This is what we believe.

But it all depends on you.

All you have to do is join the NoteStream Book Club for less than the cost of a cup of coffee - 99 cents a year - and start reading The iCandidate. Then on Super Tuesday you will get your first opportunity to find the kind of president you would like to see in the White House. The proceeding challenges and subsequent votes will whittle the contestants down to The iCandidate.

iVote

Changing America one iVote at a time.

It really could be the start of something big.

Click here to read the 1st installment!

By David Gardner

Book Club Executive Director

NoteStream