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Whats the point of voting when the Electoral Colleges votes determines who becomes president?

rhirhi 2012/11/03 03:20:40
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  • ProVega 2013/10/07 22:44:55
    ProVega
    The Electoral College is outdated and should be abandoned.
  • JJ Rage 2012/11/04 02:00:09
    JJ Rage
    +1
    As long as the electoral can go against the popular vote, there is room for corruption.
  • Devil's Advocate 2012/11/03 12:59:38
    Devil's Advocate
    +2
    Because the electors in the Electoral College are elected by you and are pledged to vote for the candidate you want them to.
  • The Aging Yankee Liberal Do... 2012/11/03 06:18:50
  • GoDucks5 2012/11/03 06:04:58
    GoDucks5
    +2
    Well it doesn't really matter unless you live in a swing state.
  • Willy 2012/11/03 05:00:22
    Willy
    +1
    Because the president is elected by the states. Who ever gets the most votes in the state gets the electoral votes.
  • Matthew Marek 2012/11/03 04:58:23
    Matthew Marek
    +3
    you vote and then the votes of the electoral college are based off of the votes of the individuals in the state.... i think doing it by popular vote would make more sense
  • Ben 2012/11/03 04:48:04
    Ben
    +1
    ... your vote goes toward the electoral college.
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/11/03 04:11:13
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +1
    Because the votes decide the states decision.
  • Dagon 2012/11/03 03:43:07
  • Sapphire 2012/11/03 03:40:06
    Sapphire
    +1
    Umm....your vote does count, I think it would be dumb to vote if it didn't. That's why it is encouraged that you do vote.
    Here's how I understand how it works, you better be prepared to read this..
    The people of the United States elect a president every 4 years, we all know that.
    Each presidential election year, each state holds an election for president in which all eligible citizens may vote. Citizens vote for a "ticket" of candidates that includes a candidate for president and a candidate for vice president.
    The outcome of the vote in each state determines a slate of electors who then, in turn, make the actual choice of president and vice president. Each state has as many electors as it has senators and members of the House of Representatives, for a total of 538. (The District of Columbia gets three electors even though it has no representation in Congress.)
    In December, the electors meet in their respective state capitols to cast their ballots for president and vice president. States may or may not require their electors to vote with the popular majority, and they may or may not give all of their electors to the winner of the statewide popular vote.
    These ballots are opened, counted, and certified by a joint session of Congress in January.
    If no candidate wins a ma...





    Umm....your vote does count, I think it would be dumb to vote if it didn't. That's why it is encouraged that you do vote.
    Here's how I understand how it works, you better be prepared to read this..
    The people of the United States elect a president every 4 years, we all know that.
    Each presidential election year, each state holds an election for president in which all eligible citizens may vote. Citizens vote for a "ticket" of candidates that includes a candidate for president and a candidate for vice president.
    The outcome of the vote in each state determines a slate of electors who then, in turn, make the actual choice of president and vice president. Each state has as many electors as it has senators and members of the House of Representatives, for a total of 538. (The District of Columbia gets three electors even though it has no representation in Congress.)
    In December, the electors meet in their respective state capitols to cast their ballots for president and vice president. States may or may not require their electors to vote with the popular majority, and they may or may not give all of their electors to the winner of the statewide popular vote.
    These ballots are opened, counted, and certified by a joint session of Congress in January.
    If no candidate wins a majority of the electoral votes or if the top two candidates are tied, the House of Representatives selects a president from among the five candidates with the most votes. Each state's delegation has a single vote. The Senate selects a vice president by the same process. (This hasn't happened since 1876, but it almost happened in 2000.)

    In fact, there are three cases in which that has happened: the elections of 1876, 1888 and most recently in 2000, when Al Gore won the national popular vote, but George W. Bush won the electoral vote and became president.
    The Constitution gives the states considerable discretion in defining their own election laws, even for national elections. But all states are bound by the rules of the Electoral College during presidential elections.
    At its core, the Electoral College comprises the aforementioned electors, the number of which is defined in Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 of the Constitution. The number of electors equals the number of members of the U.S. House and Senate any given state has. All states have two U.S. senators, but the number of representatives is based on a state’s population. The Constitution caps the total number of members of the House at 435 and gives each state two U.S. senators. That gives us 535 electors, plus three from the District of Columbia, for a total of 538 electors. To win the White House, a presidential candidate must win 270 electoral votes (half of the 538 plus 1).

    The concept of the Electoral College is constitutional, the Founding Fathers came up with this idea. Your vote counts indirectly.
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  • ☆astac☆~PWCM 2012/11/03 03:28:59
    ☆astac☆~PWCM
    +1
    The local issues and local politicians you are also voting for, as well as for your Federal representative and Senator
  • Rodimus Knight 2012/11/03 03:27:57
    Rodimus Knight
    +1
    Because who ever wins the popular vote in a state determines who the Eletoral College vote go for
  • rhirhi Rodimus... 2012/11/03 03:29:07
    rhirhi
    +1
    do we know thats who they vote for tho? they could just vote for who ever they like tho
    we have some people like that in the politics world lol
  • Rodimus... rhirhi 2012/11/03 03:39:20
    Rodimus Knight
    +2
    They have to unless their state has in it constitution states their electorate members can split the vote and the states that have that have like 4 or 5 votes
  • GoDucks5 Rodimus... 2012/11/03 06:04:29
    GoDucks5
    +1
    That's only true for Nebraska and Maine though.
  • Rodimus... GoDucks5 2012/11/03 06:08:01
    Rodimus Knight
    +1
    and both have low electoral votes
  • ☆astac☆... Rodimus... 2012/11/03 03:30:06
    ☆astac☆~PWCM
    +1
    And that needs to change, it needs to be based on the number of counties won
  • Rodimus... ☆astac☆... 2012/11/03 03:52:04
    Rodimus Knight
    Because the states like Washington well go go for the right man for the job
  • Reggie☮ Rodimus... 2012/11/03 16:05:42
    Reggie☮
    +1
    not true, thats how it's supposed to work.
  • Rodimus... Reggie☮ 2012/11/03 16:21:17
    Rodimus Knight
    I know how the out dated system work, but things have changed in the 200+ years since the Constitutions was written and it is time for that part to change
  • Reggie☮ Rodimus... 2012/11/03 16:54:02
    Reggie☮
    +1
    I couldn't agree more.
  • YFN 2012/11/03 03:27:43
    YFN
    +1
    They put that in the Constitution because most people back then were stupid and thought it would make it elect the better president. It definitely is though the strangest thing put into the Constitution...
  • Sapphire YFN 2012/11/03 03:43:38
    Sapphire
    +2
    That's the point, America wanted to elect an educated and moral president to run the country it's placed that there that candidates wouldn't win by popular vote. The Electoral College is a complex process just like everything in the Constitution, it's suppose to prevent a king or a tyrant from taking over the government so it's technically not stupid, it's genius.
  • Simmering Frog 2012/11/03 03:27:36
    Simmering Frog
    +4
    So California and New York don't dictate to the other 48 states who wins.

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