As many of you know, or, by god, I hope you know (You're an adult now, dammit!), most of our elections end up the same way, the popular vote is
counted, and the electoral college's (ec for now, for short) votes are tallied, and the candidate with the highest EC votes *usually wins.
Now, you SHOULD be asking, why the hell does the EC matter, why do we even HAVE an EC, or Does this in fact change our election process from "By the
People, for the People" to "By the elite and wealthy, for the elite and wealthy"? the answers, respectfully are: No one knows, no one really knows,
I consulted my father one day about this; and with the age old question; Does my vote really matter? Should I register to vote with the hope that my
vote and others' will sway the election process? Does the EC completely rule out popular vote?(eg; bush v. gore[aka: Excelsior!])
He's very knowledgeable about political science, my father, and said to me;
We aren't a true democracy. We are a republic. Instead of just "voting in a president with total votes", we register either democrat, republican,
or independent, and that number goes to our area's elector (local whom is belonged to the EC), who then in turn uses that information to vote. They
don't *HAVE to vote in favor of their precinct, or area, but usually they do.
The popular vote, no matter how many times its been pushed in our heads as important, is falling by the wayside, only because not enough
If more people voted, the public outcry for where we want our elector to vote would be louder, and harder to ignore.
So what do we do?
Do we persuade more people to vote, or register as either republican or democrat?(seeing how independent leaves the elector making the decision for
Do we demand a true democracy, so We The People
can once again truly elect who we want?
Or do we have to look deeper into this situation to really understand how popular votes relate with electoral votes?
So what are everyone's thoughts on this?
Are the citizens of the US letting us all down by not enough people voting?
Is the Electoral College put in place to reserve the fabled 'birth right' for presidency?
Is the EC a background game so our "by the people" doesn't turn into "by the anyone"?
edit:Im not trolling, i have a minor emergency i must attend to, and will be AWOL for about an hour. but Please, I would love to hear your
I will reply to your questions when I have returned..
edit on 21-9-2011 by Iconic because: (no reason given)