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Date Posted: 23:34:54 03/11/05 Fri
Author: Mike K.
Subject: electoral votes
In reply to: Joe 's message, "Blue states seceding" on 17:10:53 11/07/04 Sun

The whole system with electoral votes sounds totally antique and silly to me as a German.
I agree that at times of Lincoln or Washington, not everyone could come to the Capitol to give their vote, and fairly without incidents counting up all votes from a good couple million square miles of territory isn't feasible either.
So, it was okay to have each region of about even size send one person to count the vote for that region.

But today, in the age of computers, Internet etc.
I mean, why do you need to send people to go somewhere to make a vote for you, not even knowing for certain that they'll vote the candidate whom you'd want to be president (I dunno if there have ever been "black sheep", but at least it's possible).

The other big problem I see is that due to the antiquated number of electoral votes for each state, by the very nature of that system, a vote in Florida counts differently than a vote in Wyoming or Arkansas. Even worse, if you're living in the Mideast, your vote is about worth as much as that of an entire block in California.
How's that for equal rights in democracy? Depending on topology, your vote is worth more or less.

Sure, everyone has the right to move wherever they want, but how can it be that a CA citizen would have to move to the East Coast to put thei vote to maximum use?

How do U.S. citizens think on that?

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