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August 10, 2008 Poll Results

Should the electoral college be replaced as the method for deciding the presidential election?

Yes 69% 510 votes
No 28% 208 votes
Not sure 2% 21 votes
Total: 739 Votes

Note: This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


August 12, 2008
12:15 p.m.

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The electoral collage system was put into place in a time when not all citizens were able to make a trip to the polling place. This was a time when farming was the main manufacturing output in the colonies. A farmer could not leave his crops during harvest time to make it to a polling place. So it was up to the representative of these farmers and farm workers to place the vote of their interest. In this day it is not necessary to have these representatives. All other elections local to state are a populous vote.

August 14, 2008
3:31 a.m.

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Yes. Ohio, Michigan, and Florida shouldn't be the only states in the country that attract any sort of attention from campaigns. The "winner takes all" style of the electoral college is so stupid that it blows my mind that its still practiced in the 21st century... How does it make any sense that someone who wins California 51% to 49% takes all 50 some-odd electoral votes??? Meanwhile, campaigns don't even bother going to states where they know they've clinched because there's no incentive for them to appeal to any more than 51% of any given state's votes. Popular vote would break the back of interest groups. Cuban Americans and senior citizens in Florida won't be able to hold the rest of the country hostage by controlling a "battleground state" -- the whole country will become the battleground, which is as it should be in a national election.

August 14, 2008
3:24 p.m.

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yeah! yeah! yeah! We live in a state that votes by party only. The voters of this state do not take the time to understand issues and the positions of the candidates prior to them going out to happily vote on party lines! Ridiculous!

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