The Blues of America’s Elections

Is voting is for suckers? (That would be all of us) — but you have to vote, right?

'bumpyjonas…

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Mississippi Fred McDowell, Senatobia, Mississippi, 1960 — Public Domain

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults (65%) say the way the president is elected should be changed so that the winner of the popular vote nationwide wins the presidency.

Somehow, I live in a country where the President of the United States gets elected by something called the Electoral College. The President is not elected by the popular will of the voters. It is preposterous, right? I think I have to leave this country soon if it doesn’t change but table that for a second. I would like to make a point about voting before I get in that balloon and float to some random destination.

Pew Research Center Chart — Fair use

U.S. Elections is winner takes all.

That’s right. It’s like a lottery with one winner. A candidate wins the Electoral College and they are the winner. They don’t need the most votes by voters either (George W. Bush and Donald Trump both did not win the popular vote); they just have to win the votes of electors from some phony contraption called the Electoral College. Unlike in many parliamentary democracies, this is little bank takes big bank. A minority gets to rule against the popular will of the voters.

U.S. Elections are not an election but 51 separate elections

This is also true. The states run the elections. They hold elections on election day. The candidates for President run on the ballot in each state. There are 50 states and the District of Columbia (this is the electoral count). The states run the election not in some uniform agreed upon manner. Each state runs their election the way they want. That is why in 2000 George W. Bush was able to win. Florida had its own thing going so he won that state. Everyone knows this is crazy but with Congress in permanent gridlock, nothing changes.

U.S. Election polls now are meaningless

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'bumpyjonas…

barrister for the damned. born in a city made of chocolate