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Miranda Birt says
As concise an analysis as any I have seen.
Nathan Orf says
I can understand voting for other offices, where our votes actually decide who wins. But I'm not getting what voting for the presidential election actually accomplishes, besides having our vote "counted".
Our votes do decide who wins in a Presidential election. If a majority of people vote in one state or district, that state or district is said to have been "carried" by a certain candidate. And you seem to be forgetting the popular vote.
I'm still not getting it. In the 2000 election, Gore won the popular vote, but Bush got more electoral college votes, so he won. So we don't decide the president in the presidential election, the electoral college does. What exactly do our votes do?
Our votes are counted by the electoral college, and the electors vote based on the majority of votes cast in their own state. That is why our votes count. The mathematics don't always add up in each state, which is what happened in 2000.
Ok I'm starting to remember now. So whichever candidate gets the most votes in a particular state will get all of the electoral college votes from that state, since most states follow a winner-take-all system, correct?
Correct. The only exceptions to the electoral system are the states of Nebraska and Maine. Nebraska experienced a split electoral vote for the first time in 2008, when one district was carried by Obama.
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