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Old November 16th, 2012, 10:10 AM   #1
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Our election system: fair or not

Electing the US president; how to


To simplify the matter, assume there are only 7 states

State A counts as 5 votes (based on population of that state) Majority voted for X
State B counts as 4 votes ( based on ...). Majority in that state voted for Y
State C counts as 9 votes (based on ... ). Majority in that state voted for X
State D counts as 6 votes (based on ...). Majority in that state voted for Y
State E counts as 14 votes (based on ...) Majority in that state voted for X
State F counts as 6 votes ( based on ...) Majority in that state voted for Y
State G counts as 21 votes (based on ... ) Majority in that state voted for Y

To summarize:

X received 5+9+14=28 votes and Y received 4+6+6+21=37 votes. Y is the winner.

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I do not know why this system is called "Electoral College." In fact, the word "college" confused me for a long time. What does it have to do with colleges in which we study?

Suppose the president is elected by the sytem called "popular vote," used in some other countries.

In that case votes of individual citizens are counted, as illustrated below (this is also a simplification).

State A ==> 22 million voted for X and 3 million voted for Y.
State B ==> 4 million voted for X and 5 million voted for Y.
State C ==> 9 million voted for X and 13 million voted for Y.
State D ==> 12 million voted for X and 3 million voted for Y.
State E ==> 8 million voted for X and 23 million voted for Y.
State F ==> 2 million voted for X and 3 million voted for Y.
State G ==> 11 million voted for X and 8 million voted for Y.

To summarize:

X ==> 22+4+9+12+8+2+11=68 million
Y ==> 3+5+13+3+23+3+8 =58 million

In this case X is the winner. Is this fair or not? See:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/03/op...ml?ref=opinion

http://www.archives.gov/federal-regi...ege/about.html


Ludwik Kowalski,
http://csam.montclair.edu/~kowalski/life/intro.html

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Old November 16th, 2012, 02:02 PM   #2
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It was the intention of the founding fathers to create a constitutional republic and not a democracy. A wise move I would say. A democracy run by popular vote gives you tyranny by majority. A republic gives more voice to the minority.
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Old November 16th, 2012, 02:16 PM   #3
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The Liberal states continuously whine about the electoral college not directly reflecting the popular vote. But, even though they're free to split their electoral votes according to their state's popular vote, they refuse to do so.
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