Sunday, November 02, 2008
Will your vote truly count???????
Today, I carefully filled in my mail-in ballot and signed and deposited in it in a mail box.
but will my Vote truly reflect count and truly effect the popular ( what the people want) Vote or will I lose out to the Electoral College??
The process of the highest office in our country is actually a complex process.
Quoted from Wikipedia
The Electoral College consists of 538 popularly elected representatives who formally select the President and Vice President of the United States. In 2008, it will make this selection on December 15. The Electoral College is an example of an indirect election.
Rather than directly voting for the President and Vice President, United States citizens cast votes for electors. Electors are technically free to vote for anyone eligible to be President, but in practice pledge to vote for specific candidates and voters cast ballots for favored presidential and vice presidential candidates by voting for correspondingly pledged electors. Most states allow voters to choose between statewide slates of electors pledged to vote for the presidential and vice presidential tickets of various parties; the ticket that receives the most votes statewide 'wins' all of the votes cast by electors from that state. U.S. presidential campaigns concentrate on winning the popular vote in a combination of states that choose a majority of the electors, rather than campaigning to win the most votes nationally.
Each state has a number of electors equal to the number of its Senators and Representatives in the United States Congress. Additionally, Washington, D.C. is given a number of electors equal to the number held by the "least populous" state. U.S. territories are not represented in the Electoral College.
Each elector casts one vote for President and one vote for Vice President. In order to be elected, a candidate must have a majority (at least 270) of the electoral votes cast for that office. Should no candidate for President win a majority of the electoral votes, the choice is referred to the House of Representatives. Should no candidate for Vice President possess a majority of the electoral votes, the choice is given to the Senate.
The Constitution allows each state legislature to designate a method of choosing electors. Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia have adopted a winner-take-all popular vote rule where voters choose between statewide slates of electors pledged to vote for a specific presidential and vice presidential candidate. The candidate that wins the most votes in the state wins the support of all of that state’s electors. The two other states, Maine and Nebraska, use a tiered system where a single elector is chosen within each Congressional district and two electors are chosen by statewide popular vote. U.S. presidential elections are effectively an amalgamation of 51 separate and simultaneous elections (50 states plus the District of Columbia), rather than a single national election.
Candidates can fail to get the most votes in the nationwide popular vote in a presidential election and still win that election. This occurred in 1876, 1888 and 2000. Critics argue the Electoral College is inherently undemocratic and gives certain swing states disproportionate clout in selecting the President and Vice President. Adherents argue that the Electoral College is an important and distinguishing feature of the federal system, and protects the rights of smaller states. Numerous constitutional amendments have been introduced in Congress seeking a replacement of the Electoral College with a direct popular vote; however, no proposal has ever successfully passed both houses.
I know that living in one of the most liberal states (Washington, Just left of San Fransisco California, Cause all the hippies who couldn't afford to stay in the Silicon Vally, they all moved here) My rather conservative views may not make the differnce of a fart in a whirlwind.
However, Being a Card carrying America Citizen who thinks that the Constitution actually means something, I would rather see the leader of our nation elected by what the PEOPLE *THOSE WHO VOTE and are ELIGIBLE to VOTE* actually want to be in office.
The Past few elections have exposed that the Electoral college is more than likely a Corrupt part of the "Good Ole Boy" system that is undermining our republic and the Democracy of our nation, I foresee that the upcoming election will challenge this system to the up most.
What ever your political Views,
Be an AMERICAN Citizen,
Get out, Vote,
Be the a good neighbor and Help those who need it to Get out and Vote.
Our country needs all of us to make a decision on where we are going in the future