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  • Hi, Keysha...welcome back and Happy Saturday to you! :)
  • The reality is the electoral college is an archaic remnant of days gone by. It has served it's purpose, but is no longer necessary, and in many ways is a hindrance to democracy. The real question should be with the popular vote, why do we need the electoral college?
  • When we vote. We don't actually vote for president. We vote for the electors. There are democratic and republican electors. In the states where Obama won, the democratic electors will vote. In the states McCain won, the republican votes will count. Technically an elector can vote differently than the popular vote in that state, but that very rarely happens. If it does it will only be one or two so it will make no difference.
  • The electoral college IS necessary and not archaic. It was set in place to ensure that smaller states and states with less population would have an equal voice in selecting the president. The majority rules is not and was never intended to be the way things were/are decided. By electing representatives from the different states to the electoral college each STATE has an equal voice. The United STATES of America. Rather than being a group of 50 different countries we elected to be one country of 50 states. This seems to be the direction that the EU is trying to go but have not quite gotten over their biases enough to accomplish, if they ever will. It was meant to give us more strength in common defense and more strength monitarily in our diverse resources. Amongst other things.
    • mushroom
      The EC is also supposed to be a "sanity check" against the masses voting in a madman. How well is that working out?
  • Democracy should mean more than just voting. 'Voting' is just pulling a lever every four years, it doesn't actually do anything. We need to organise, like they did in Bolivia.

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