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InvisibleinfidelGOD
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What If
    #2325539 - 02/11/04 08:37 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Bush loses the popular vote, but wins the electoral vote?


there is a distinct possibility that this could happen again.

if the will of the people is ignored for the second straight election,
what does it say about our system?


what is the purpose of the electoral college?


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Re: What If [Re: infidelGOD]
    #2325546 - 02/11/04 08:40 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

what is the purpose of the electoral college?

As far as I can tell...it's to overcome the popular vote to create "rigged" elections "legally" :smirk:


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Re: What If [Re: trendal]
    #2325587 - 02/11/04 08:51 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Actually, the electoral college was made so that small states could have the same voting power as heavily populated states. Good thing for the Republicans, since the major population centers tend to be more liberal.


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Re: What If [Re: silversoul7]
    #2325610 - 02/11/04 09:12 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Ok, sounds about right.

Sorry, I'm Canadian :smirk:

Here, all we have is a "popular vote". And none of that silly election-machine voting. No dimpled "chads" to worry about - each voter gets a peice of paper with a circle beside each candidate's name. You put a check or X mark, with the supplied pencil, in the circle you want and drop the paper in the ballot box. All ballots are counted at each election site at the close of the election and results are phoned into the election center. The ballots are then placed in sealed envelopes and sent to the voting office to be stored as hardcopy. I know all this because I was a Ballot Clerk in the last provincial election and helped count the ballots :smirk:


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Re: What If [Re: infidelGOD]
    #2325616 - 02/11/04 09:17 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

it's like the world series. it's not about who gets the most runs, its about who wins the most games:wink:


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Re: What If [Re: silversoul7]
    #2325673 - 02/11/04 10:22 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

As my history teacher showed me, it was designed to throw the popular vote.


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Re: What If [Re: trendal]
    #2325702 - 02/12/04 02:40 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

trendal said:
Here, all we have is a "popular vote". And none of that silly election-machine voting. No dimpled "chads" to worry about - each voter gets a peice of paper with a circle beside each candidate's name. You put a check or X mark, with the supplied pencil, in the circle you want and drop the paper in the ballot box. All ballots are counted at each election site at the close of the election and results are phoned into the election center. The ballots are then placed in sealed envelopes and sent to the voting office to be stored as hardcopy. I know all this because I was a Ballot Clerk in the last provincial election and helped count the ballots :smirk:



Hehehe...Silly backwards Canadians with their common sense elections.


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Re: What If [Re: silversoul7]
    #2325830 - 02/12/04 05:15 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

silversoul7 said:
Actually, the electoral college was made so that small states could have the same voting power as heavily populated states.


:thumbup:


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Re: What If [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2325831 - 02/12/04 05:15 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

SpecialEd said:
As my history teacher showed me, it was designed to throw the popular vote.



Your history teacher is an idiot.

How old are you?


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Re: What If [Re: silversoul7]
    #2325833 - 02/12/04 05:19 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

canadians dont have terribly common sense elections.
were desparetly in need of proportional representation


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Re: What If [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #2325941 - 02/12/04 07:58 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Out of interest why should small states have the same power as larger states? That seems illogical to me.


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Re: What If [Re: infidelGOD]
    #2325972 - 02/12/04 08:48 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

this could very well happen if more people are illegally purged from the voter rolls like in 2000.
electoral college electoral schmollege. all you need is a brother who is the governor of one of the most divided states to get his Katherine Harris to batantly DENY 50 thousand people (who would obviously vote for the non-bush candidate) the right to vote and there you have your rigged election.


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Re: What If [Re: GazzBut]
    #2325977 - 02/12/04 08:58 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Out of interest why should small states have the same power as larger states? That seems illogical to me.

I'm wondering the same thing...

Isn't "democracy" all about numbers?


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Re: What If [Re: trendal]
    #2326109 - 02/12/04 11:09 AM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Canada seems to have pretty much the same system as England.

Arent they thinking of making this up coming american vote
an electrical voting system?


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Re: What If [Re: trendal]
    #2326409 - 02/12/04 12:58 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

trendal said:
Isn't "democracy" all about numbers?



So? The U.S. was set up as a constitutional republic, a federation of states. The founders were worried that small states and their citizens could have their rights trampled on by larger states or majorities. This is the reason there was system (now larger trashed) of checks and balances.

Anyways, democracy is highly overrated.


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Re: What If [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #2326714 - 02/12/04 02:19 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

luvdemshrooms said:
Quote:

silversoul7 said:
Actually, the electoral college was made so that small states could have the same voting power as heavily populated states.


:thumbup:



Personally, I could care less about the small states, but I suppose I'm a bit biased here, since I live in the most populated state in the country.


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Re: What If [Re: luvdemshrooms]
    #2326855 - 02/12/04 02:51 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

Your history teacher is an idiot.

How old are you? 




I'm 19, so you don't have to listen to me :lol:


Ummm, if the electoral college is designed to level the playing fields between states...why do bigger states have more electoral votes? :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


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Re: What If [Re: trendal]
    #2326882 - 02/12/04 02:56 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Quote:

trendal said:
Ok, sounds about right.

Sorry, I'm Canadian :smirk:

Here, all we have is a "popular vote". And none of that silly election-machine voting. No dimpled "chads" to worry about - each voter gets a peice of paper with a circle beside each candidate's name. You put a check or X mark, with the supplied pencil, in the circle you want and drop the paper in the ballot box. All ballots are counted at each election site at the close of the election and results are phoned into the election center. The ballots are then placed in sealed envelopes and sent to the voting office to be stored as hardcopy. I know all this because I was a Ballot Clerk in the last provincial election and helped count the ballots :smirk:




I didn't know that. Yet one more reason I like Canada! :laugh: If Canada can do this, why can't the US?


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Re: What If [Re: Le_Canard]
    #2327269 - 02/12/04 04:28 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Actually I remember seeing some American news shows after the 2000 election mishap in Florida (dimpled chads? like wtf is that?) where the news anchors were praising our (Canada's) election process for its simplicity.

Also, election officials are paid volunteers from the civillian population. You attend a two our class to learn what your specific job will be and how to do it, and are paid $60 for the class. Then you get paid another $100 for your election-day duties (it's about 12 hours of work...but talk about easy!). Each "booth" consists of one booth clerk and one District Returning Officer, who is just another volunteer who oversees the security of the ballots. Every ballot is signed and handed to the voter by the DRO, and the DRO checks each ballot for his sig before the voter places it in the ballot box. At closing time the DRO for each box counts up the votes for his box and fills out the paperwork for each candidate, while "supervisors" for each candidate watch for accuracy. Then the booth clerk calls in the results. Any site with 2 or more booths also requires a SDRO - senior district returning officer...another civillian volunteer.

I wanted to take part in the process to see exactly how it works behind the scenes. I was pretty impressed, and couldn't find any way (and I was looking) that someone could rig an election here. I'm sure it is possible...but definately not easy.


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Re: What If [Re: silversoul7]
    #2327271 - 02/12/04 04:29 PM (12 years, 9 months ago)

Actually, the electoral college was made so that small states could have the same voting power as heavily populated states

which basically means that if you live in a state with a large population, you are being underrepresented in the presidential election. this sounds like total BS to me. the smaller states are already overrepresented in congress (I have no problem with that), but why should they have a bigger say in who gets to be president? in a national election, every vote should count equally.
fuck the electoral college :thumbdown:


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