Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What do you think of the electoral college?

If you look at the electoral college numbers, it appears Barack Obama won a landslide victory. (364 to 163 so far, a more than 2-to-1 margin.) But in terms of votes, it was much closer: 65 million for Obama and 57 million for McCain, or 53 percent vs. 46 percent.

In the year 2000, as we know, Al Gore had more popular votes than George W. Bush did (even counting Florida as a Bush win) but Bush had more electoral votes. It was 50.5 million votes for Bush vs. 51 million for Gore but Bush got 271 electoral votes to Gore's 266.

That just does not seem right, and I'd say the same thing even if it swung in favor of the Democrats. How can it be right that a candidate who received less votes can still win the election? I know life isn't fair, but ... this system is just not fair!

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