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November 30, 2016

Our presidential election system has, in effect, 51 elections--

46 states, four Commonwealths, and one District of Columbia.
Each one of those "little" elections has electors assigned to it equal to the number of representatives it has in both houses of Congress; each state (in general) grants it electors to the winning candidate within its boundaries. Since we currently have 538 members in that Congress, a winning candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win. The idea of the now much-maligned electoral college is to serve as part of the intricate system of checks-and-balances that this really, really smart Brits instituted to avoid tyrannies by either a minority OR by a majority. Everybody gets a voice, regardless of whether they are big or little. Dear progs, please look at the UN that you love so much: every country there gets the same vote regardless of size: Luxembourg gets the same vote as China. Should we change that? The DiploMad 2.0: Tough Times to be a Progressive

Posted by gerardvanderleun at November 30, 2016 9:48 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I heard a good analogy from a local talk show host. He said that complaining that Hillary should have won the election because she won the popular vote is like complaining that the Cleveland Indians should have won the latest World Series because they scored the most runs over all the games combined. It just doesn't work that way.

Posted by: Grizzly at December 1, 2016 9:09 PM

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