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View Poll Results: Who's it going to be?
Bob Barr 3 6.52%
John McCain 15 32.61%
Ralph Nader 1 2.17%
Barack Obama 25 54.35%
Other 1 2.17%
Undecided 1 2.17%
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OK, sort of similar to our Senate count - although not quota based. I get the idea...

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The Electoral College operates under a winner-take-all system, whereby the candidate with the most votes in a state takes all the electoral points assigned. The system allows politicians to write-off states that are solidly in one camp or the other and solely focus on the "swing" states that might go either way.

This system means that all the votes cast for candidates other than the winner of that state are lost and can't be used to benefit their candidate at all. This effectively disenfranchises millions of Americans, suppresses voter turnout and clearly makes no goddamned sense.
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hmmmm... OK, but where does this process come from? I don't see in the US Constitution this process.

Perhaps I am being a dense furner....

BTW, thank you for all the above explanations, I find this interesting and quite different to 'our' democracy...

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hmmmm... OK, but where does this process come from? I don't see in the US Constitution this process.

Perhaps I am being a dense furner....

BTW, thank you for all the above explanations, I find this interesting and quite different to 'our' democracy...

No idea where it came from............



My Dad said our democracy is better than your democracy.............
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No, I wasn't suggesting one better than the other, just interested how two systems, both born of the Westminster system had evolved so differently.

Yours with elected Head of State, ours with a remnant hereditary, but essentially politically appointed, HoS...

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No, I wasn't suggesting one better than the other, just interested how two systems, both born of the Westminster system had evolved so differently.

Yours with elected Head of State, ours with a remnant hereditary, but essentially politically appointed, HoS...

You guys got appointed Ho's, looks like we going to have the Bro's............

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Actually actually
With current technology
Why not total the entire nations vote for each candidate?
or even better ( alledgedly) like use Proportional Representation of some sort??
One would hope that the most sophisticated country on earth would be capable of mastering the operation of such a system
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With current technology
Why not total the entire nations vote for each candidate?
or even better ( alledgedly) like use Proportional Representation of some sort??
One would hope that the most sophisticated country on earth would be capable of mastering the operation of such a system

Hey no rebels allowed, we only like Marvericky Mavericks............
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