Why the electoral college system sucks: current example

November 4, 2008 at 9:08 pm (Political Ponderings)

The Electoral College, and why you vote may not actually count for much

So as I write this, current on-the-fly election results as reported by Google News indicate the following:

Popular (as in counting everyone individually) vote:

McCain slightly winning:
McCain: 50%
Obama: 49%

Electoral College votes:

Obama: 103
McCain: 34

Yup – although there’s actually only 1% difference in the number of votes, Obama is leading by a crapload (currently about 77%) thanks to the electoral college system.
I think I may go into more detail about how this works once I’m done putting a few finishing touches on a paper that’s due for school in the morning 😛

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