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[*] Post 314896 posted on 6-1-2008 at 01:11 Reply With Quote
Electoral colleges



In 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote by over a half million votes, but lost the key state of Florida. Florida's 27 electoral college votes were enough to propel George W. Bush into office after the ensuing (and very long) Supreme Court battle.


Is it time to re-examine the electoral college system in America?
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[*] Post 314909 posted on 6-1-2008 at 01:40 Reply With Quote


I would favor retaining the electoral college. It was designed to give states with small population at least a minimum weight in the total vote. Even so, the less populous states don't get much attention. A few of our states have great concentrations of populations in several large cities. If the president were elected purely on the popular vote, there would be a real pull toward running on policies that would favor the cities at the expense of the agricultural and wilderness states.
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[*] Post 314958 posted on 6-1-2008 at 09:35 Reply With Quote


One man, one vote all on the same day would be less open to manipulation.

I read somewhere that the purpose of electoral colleges was, far from giving more power to smaller states, a way for the founding fathers to keep power in the hands of the landed gentry. Is that not true then?

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