WASHINGTON DC (VOTE_BOT NEWS) An unprecedented wave of online votes for Absolute Write's "Space" Poetry Contest resulted in the site being knocked offline for several hours last night.

"We've never seen anything like it," said AW El Jefe MacAllister Stone. "Voting opened at midnight and, within a half hour, there were riots and tear-gas and Oscar Wilde quotes flying around like pterodactyls."

President Obama this morning called for calm and urged voters to exercise patience as they weigh in on what may well become the most contentious decision since Bush-Gore 2000.

Those brave enough to wade into the melee are urged to read the entries here (password: citrus) and read how to vote here.

Activists continue to plot and conspire discuss here.