Popular vote vs. electoral college for America's democratic process

March 19, 2018, 11:57 pm

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The debate "Popular vote vs. electoral college for America's democratic process" was started by ChangeMyMind on March 19, 2018, 11:57 pm. 4 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 0 person is on the disagree side. There needs to be more votes to see what the common perception is. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

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the problem with this approach is that it is very prone to having issues. for example the Republicans have been gerrymandering the districts to give themselves an advantage. I think in Pennsylvania they had about half of the votes but 2/3rds of the electoral college seats. they changed the borders of them to put people they knew would vote against them into 3 or 4 seats. that way the Democrats get very high vote counts in those areas but the Republicans get the rest if the seats. they've been ordered by a court to cut it out and they are threatening to remove the jugde. they even went to the supreme Court to try to protect their abuse of the system. it didn't work.

it also gives rural areas considerably more influence than their population would otherwise suggest they should have.

1 year, 3 months ago
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i get it. thanks!

1 year, 3 months ago

Of course. In some countries, presidential elections are based on popular vote; like in Colombia for example, the president is elected based on the total tally of the votes.

In America, each state has a number of representatives depending on the population of the state. So when you vote, the winning candidate of that state will be the one that those representatives will vote for. These representatives are known as the electoral college.

For example: Candidate A vs. Candidate B.

Let's make up a state, we will call it North Land. North Land citizens votes as follows: 2 million for candidate A, and 2.1 million for candidate B. The total electoral vote from the state of North Land is 20. So after the popular vote in North Land has been tallied, all 20 votes from North Land will go to candidate B.

Every state will undergo the same process, which means that the president of the United States is elected by the electoral college, and not directly by popular vote.

1 year, 3 months ago

Im not aware of american politics. But would like to say me how it works? So that i get a rough idea?

1 year, 3 months ago
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