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A majority vote in an election

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Revmitchell, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member

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    Just because a majority of voters in a single election choose one person does not mean that reflects the majority of Americans view.
     
  2. mont974x4

    mont974x4 New Member

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    True, election results do not take into account those who voted by non-vote or simply chose to not vote.
     
  3. Magnetic Poles

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    Nor does it mean that it doesn't. Everyone has the opportunity to vote. If they choose to neglect their civic duty, then shame on them. You don't vote, you leave the decision up to others.
     
  4. Salty

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    The problem as I see it are those whoe refuse to vote at all. They did not want to vote for what they considered as the lesser evil. some voted 3rd party. In our political machine, there is virtually no chance for a third party to win.

    Therefore, I highly suggest that elections have the instant runnoff voting. That way you can still vote for your third party and the "lesser of two evils".

    click here for IRV info
     
  5. Bob Alkire

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    If I wasn't allowed to vote in the last 6 or 7 elections 3rd party I would not have been able to vote. Both parties are way to far to the left for me.
     
  6. mont974x4

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    I'm with ya brother
     
  7. NaasPreacher (C4K)

    NaasPreacher (C4K) Well-Known Member

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    Yup, me too. Haven't voted for a major party since 84.
     
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    I wonder if there were proportional electoral colllege votes for each state (ie., if they were based on the percentage of each state's popular vote) rather than "winner-take-all," might the outcome for POTUS be different?
     
  9. Salty

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    People may be more likely to vote - as they feel their vote would mean more.

    I would like to see proportional - based on actual vote - rather than congressional district.
     
  10. Crabtownboy

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    In some elections I believe it would make a difference. For instance I believe that Bush would have lost in 2000 if it had been proportional. Gore won the popular vote, but lost in the electoral college. In the popular vote Gore won by a little over 500,000 votes.
     
  11. saturneptune

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    If all fifty states had a law as you described, yes, Gore would have won. What everyone forgets is that each state has the right to determine what awards their electoral votes. One state could keep winner take all, another could use Congressional districts, while another use popular vote proportionatly. There was even a proposal in California to award their electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote. It is theorectically possible to have 50 different solutions to awarding electoral votes.

    http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/California-joins-move-to-revamp-Electoral-College-2335781.php

    Here is a link to the California law. States totaling 270 electoral votes must enact this law for it to take effect. It is very possible it could be in force by 2016.
     
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