USA Election Procedures

Canada
December 25, 2012 6:43am CST
I just read this rant; http://realitybloger.wordpress.com/2012/12/24/understanding-the-2012-electoral-college/ It says the US Election system does not actually vote for the President and the Vice-President, that this 'other group' of people from the Electoral College do. Please explain if you can understand this better than I do.
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4 responses
• United States
25 Dec 12
I'm from the US, and I thought that the electoral college listened to the popular vote, but after the last election, it was crystal clear: they do what they want! I could understand why the system was designed in the 1700s, but today's citizens are much more educated on the issues and the candidates than previously. I feel that we should consider revising the system, but that'll happen when they change the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms)-not in MY lifetime!
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@burrito88 (2777)
• United States
25 Dec 12
The last election was based on the number of states that Obama carried which gave him the number of votes in the electoral college to win the election. However, Obama also had more than 50% of the votes to win the popular vote, for the second time. Of course if it was just a matter of the popular vote, Al Gore would have been president instead of Bush.
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• United States
25 Dec 12
Here where I live (PA) that people wanted Romney to win, but the state went blue. I remember watching election night where it appeared that most of Florida voted red, though in the end, they didn't even really matter since once Obama won California, the election was over.
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@debrakcarey (19896)
• United States
26 Dec 12
As I recall they called Ohio for Obama and that put him over on electoral college votes. Many states, if you looked at counties not the entire state, were more red than blue, they say it was the big cities in Ohio that gave it to Obama. Little pockets of blue in an otherwise red state.
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@debrakcarey (19896)
• United States
26 Dec 12
Great site that explains the electoral college and why we have it. http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/electoral-college/faq.html#verifycandidate
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@Adoniah (7513)
• United States
25 Dec 12
We do not elect our president...the electoral college was put into place when the country was young and populated by many folks who never went to school...It was decided that folks needed a little help... When we vote, we actually vote for delegates not the president. The electoral college has the right to then vote for whomever they think is best for the country...They should follow the voters wishes, but they are not bound by any law to do so. There have been several times in recent history when a person lost even though they had the popular vote.
@nezavisima (7410)
• Bulgaria
25 Dec 12
honestly I did not understand much then this rant. absolutely nothing came into my head. I just wish you merry christmas and happy new year health, happiness and good fortune to follow you now!
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