Why should Americans vote in the Presidential elections?

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Why should Americans vote in the Presidential elections?

Post by The_Brigadier » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:05 am

If the electoral college decides who's going to be president of the United States, should I even bother casting a vote for the presidential elections of 2012? What's the point of the whole "election" if the choice of the people doesn't matter? :(
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Re: Why should Americans vote in the Presidential elections?

Post by Current » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:52 am

Because, while it's technically possible for electors to choose any candidate, in general the result of the election corresponds to the popular vote. It's simply not true that the choice of the people doesn't matter, it just matters less than in a direct election. Voting for a candidate does make it more likely for that candidate to win. This is not an argument in favour of the Electoral College, mind you, only an argument in favour of voting.

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Re: Why should Americans vote in the Presidential elections?

Post by The_Brigadier » Fri Mar 25, 2011 1:35 pm

Sometimes I wonder. In the 2004 elections, former-president Bush did not win the popular vote but he still became president. :(
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Re: Why should Americans vote in the Presidential elections?

Post by Current » Sat Mar 26, 2011 11:15 am

So? The argument is probabilistic, not absolute. I'm not saying that in every situation, the Electoral College's decision will match the popular vote. I am saying that the more votes a candidate has, the more likely it is for that candidate to become president, and that's why you should vote.
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Re: Why should Americans vote in the Presidential elections?

Post by The_Brigadier » Sat Mar 26, 2011 2:06 pm

It still makes me sad that the Electoral College is still around. It's like the American government doesn't trust its own people...
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Re: Why should Americans vote in the Presidential elections?

Post by Current » Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:21 pm

No argument there. I don't like the Electoral College system in general.
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Re: Why should Americans vote in the Presidential elections?

Post by TF. » Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:43 pm

It's about time that someone referred to the choice of a giant d****e and a turd sandwich from South Park.
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Re: Why should Americans vote in the Presidential elections?

Post by SamilinCorrathGahar » Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:35 am

<What it comes down to is that the area is divided into smaller sections.>
<The more people in a small section vote one way the more likely their Representative is to vote that same way.>
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