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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikey View Post
    are you suggesting a system devised in 1787 (or w/ever) might perhaps be a bit out of date
    Hadn't realised how bad it was until I read about it earlier- Wyoming gets one electoral college vote per 180,000 population, California gets one per 680,000 population.

    They're awfully undemocratic for a nation with a hard-on for invading countries in the name of democracy.
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    I personally am not in favor of the electoral college, but itís not as bad an idea as itís being made out to be in this thread. For a nation that was founded on the principal of Stateís rights, the electoral college was the most effective way to ensure that every State had a voice. In a popular election format, the election can obviously be dominated by the States with the biggest populations. In that format, no one would give a **** about New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Montana etc. In the Electoral College format, the candidates are almost forced to wage a campaign on a state-by-state level in the smaller states and in theory listen to the voices of citizens all over the country.

    Also, the founding fathers never intended the country to be a pure democracy; instead they formed a republic. Again, I favor the popular vote format myself, but I do see the merits of the Electoral College and why there has been no major attempt to discard it in this country.

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    Could they postpone the election, I'm having the time of my life. Laughing at septics is my fave thing in the world, now it looks like the lovely cuddly repubs aren't going to win their bat-**** craziness has switched into overdrive, sublime. I've been following on Twitter the entire "hail Obama" thing, and honestly it's comedy gold, more mental than Trump.

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    New Jersey residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy will be able to vote in the election on Tuesday through e-mail or fax - @nytimes
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    i really hope those demmycrats aren't forgetting christie is a ****
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    Hadn't realised how bad it was until I read about it earlier- Wyoming gets one electoral college vote per 180,000 population, California gets one per 680,000 population.

    They're awfully undemocratic for a nation with a hard-on for invading countries in the name of democracy.
    The Aussie system gets my vote

    This article summed up the US system perfectly for me. Love Annabel Crabb

    In Leon county, Florida, I got to play with an antique voting machine weighing one tonne, which was manufactured sometime just after VE Day and boasted a privacy curtain and a series of levers to register voter preference. It looked like a mediaeval Tardis, or some kind of industrial-era chastity device.
    All very funny, until Leon county's supervisor of elections informed me that this very machine was still in use four years ago in New York.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fusion View Post
    I personally am not in favor of the electoral college, but itís not as bad an idea as itís being made out to be in this thread. For a nation that was founded on the principal of Stateís rights, the electoral college was the most effective way to ensure that every State had a voice. In a popular election format, the election can obviously be dominated by the States with the biggest populations. In that format, no one would give a **** about New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Montana etc. In the Electoral College format, the candidates are almost forced to wage a campaign on a state-by-state level in the smaller states and in theory listen to the voices of citizens all over the country.

    Also, the founding fathers never intended the country to be a pure democracy; instead they formed a republic. Again, I favor the popular vote format myself, but I do see the merits of the Electoral College and why there has been no major attempt to discard it in this country.
    I can understand the rationale for the electoral college, but of Romney wins the popular vote but loses, there'll be mass unhinging. Will be hilarious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    Hadn't realised how bad it was until I read about it earlier- Wyoming gets one electoral college vote per 180,000 population, California gets one per 680,000 population.

    They're awfully undemocratic for a nation with a hard-on for invading countries in the name of democracy.
    Yea, it's more a theoretical problem than a real one. It's only happened twice and in both cases, the national vote was very close. If it ever happens that the guy who becomes the President loses the national vote by 10 points (which could theoretically happen), then I think it would be a huge concern.

    In any case, I think Wyoming getting the same representation in the Senate as California is a bigger deal. That's constant inequality and it manifests itself in a lot of ways (which IMO are negative), especially when it comes to which state gets what in terms of funding, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Map of the US where each state's size is proportional to campaign spending there



    And yes it includes all 50 states. It's just that if you live in the other 38, no ****s have been given about your vote at all.
    Oh, it's not a positive to live in those states..... You don't really 'get' anything out of it as a voter, except constant ads on TV, calls to your home, and people knocking on your door every other day for about six months prior to every election.

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    Haha yeah some of the stories I've read from Ohio residents sound painful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Haha yeah some of the stories I've read from Ohio residents sound painful.
    I'm in pa and its nowhere even remotely as bad as Ohio and it sucks.

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    Yeah but you deserve it you prick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    I'm in pa and its nowhere even remotely as bad as Ohio and it sucks.


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