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November 6, 2012 Poll Results

Should the president be elected by popular vote?

No 18% 77 votes
Yes 81% 338 votes
Total: 415 Votes

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


November 7, 2012
7:26 a.m.

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Apparently, a lot of people don't understamd what is meant by "popular vote". It means that a few areas such as New York City would have a far greater voice.

November 7, 2012
8:19 a.m.

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It would mean that the votes would be added together. The votes of the minority party in states such as NY would be added to the votes of that party in states where it is the majority party. They should change the primary system to that, too. It shouldn't be "winner take all" in the primaries, either.

November 7, 2012
7:22 p.m.

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I dare say in excess of 70% of your readers have no working knowledge of what the Electoral college is, why it was created and how it works. That said...

Apparently it doesn't matter which system we use,the voters in this country prove time and again they have no clue as to how to think on their own. If the union, ABC news, the knucklehead on the radio or even Great Uncle Spiro says vote for so and so because the family has always voted for that party...the majority of our poorly educated, sound bite raised, lazy electorate will do as they are told. It seems as if a voter doing his due diligence, researching a candidate's views, his party's platform and seriously looking into what he deems is best for him and his immediate family has become too much of an undertaking.The average voter just does as he is told without regard or knowledge of how that vote will really affect him and his loved ones.
This once proud nation is in very serious trouble...and we have no one to blame but ourselves, our next door neighbors and the guy down the street.

November 8, 2012
8:03 a.m.

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Nicely stated is funny to me how the same people supporting the electoral college feel that the constitution is outdated and created in a "different time' and would need to be updated to the society of today......The electoral college was created in a time when the wealthy landowners "electorates" when Farming was the main money maker and business venture in our nation....They would place their vote responsibly for the people who worked their farm, represented their area that survived from their ownership of property and business....this is not the case today as to why we need an electoral college to vote representing their group of people where the popular vote is used and counted in all other election all other levels...the only exception is President....this is the system we have and can only change if the people call for it and push for it to change...we still have this power as a democratic nation.

November 8, 2012
8:46 a.m.

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In the "Modern Day" the electoral college limits problems to one state. During the 2008 elections before voting started in Philadelphia every machine in Philly already had 2000 votes registered for Barrack Obama. It was discovered, deemed a "mistake" and they were reset to zero. The electoral college limits "mistakes " to one state.
This year Philadelphia voting gave the President a 4 million vote lead, which enabled him to win Pennsylvania. He only won the National vote by 2.5 million votes.

If you think Florida in 2000 was a legal mess, wait until you have a
a situation like they had in Buffalo in the 1980's where more people voted then they have people., and that margin is more then the margin of victory.

The electoral college was set up in the constitution so that the large states would not dominate the small states. It enabled the states to come together in a Union.
It will take a Constitutional Amendment to change it. Rest assured that the small states are not going to turn over the power they have to the large states.

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