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Folks, We Have a Brand New Ballgame

Paulus Textor Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:46 AM
A very good question. The answer is that the only votes that matter are ELECTORAL votes. That's how our presidential election system works. About 40 of the 50 states are "locks" for one party or the other. TX is going to go for Romney, no matter what happens between now and November. CA and NY are going for Obama. Thus, elections are won and lost in about 10 "battleground" states, which include OH and WI, as well as FL, CO, IA, VA etc.
Paulus Textor Wrote: Oct 05, 2012 10:57 AM
The Founding Fathers (who were very wise), actually DID NOT WANT the president chosen by popular vote, at all.

Their desire was to have the STATE LEGISLATURES select panels of electors who would vote their conscience. Unfortunately, the system has nonetheless morphed into a hybrid system where popular votes choose the electors.

I would prefer the original system, with no popular election of the president, at all.
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