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Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 26 Oct, 2012
John D. FisherJohn D. Fisher
6 upvotes by Santiago Garza, John Douglas III, Quora User, (more)
The popular vote in each state is absolutely critical in order to determine who will be the country's President and Vice-President.  The popular vote in a state goes beyond just giving electors a '... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 10 Oct
You misunderstand the process.  You are voting for an elector who has pledged to support a certain candidate.

While those electors could go back on their pledge, they almost never do.

No electio... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 5 May
Quora UserQuora User
Because Northern New England and CT have a long history of being conservative. Indeed until recently the only New England states the Democrats could count on were MA and RI unless your last name wa... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 11 Nov, 2012
William PetroffWilliam Petroff, Mostly Harmless
5 upvotes by Craig Montuori, Lucas Walter, Kati Sipp, (more)
This is one of Silver's 2008 tipping point charts (and Colorado is the tipping point again):

For elections before 2008 you probably won't find charts like this because nobody was really approachin... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 9 Feb, 2012
Dan DeceusterDan Deceuster, Admin of College Football Cafe... (more)
6 upvotes by Quora User, Joel Lewenstein, Noah Chestnut, (more)
The BCS certainly irritates more people but the electoral college has far more important implications. But Salem Stanley has it right. The electoral college typically doesn't get it wrong. Whoever ... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 23 Sep
Abolish it? As Eric Chamberlain said, only a change in the Constitution via the amendment process can actually abolish it. So, two thirds of Congress (67 Senators and 290 Representatives) would hav... (more)
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Answer written about Electoral College. 11 Apr, 2012
Ariel WilliamsAriel Williams, ♀(✿◠‿◠) Dreamer, Writer, Artis... (more)
5 upvotes by Quora User, Coleman Foley, Brandon Robinson, (more)
People often ignore the reason for electoral colleges. Back in the days before telephone, telegraph and computer they served a very important purpose. You would count the votes and then need to sen... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 19 May
Tikhon JelvisTikhon Jelvis, consistency is all I ask
Apart from amending the constitution, it's also just possible for enough states to work together and agree to allocate votes based purely on the popular vote. This works because each state has the ... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 23 Aug, 2013
Quora UserQuora User, I can't go to bed. Someone on ... (more)
I don't think campaigns would change as radically as some people think.  In the end, the electoral vote follows the popular vote.  It's quite a rarity that the two don't correlate. 

Look at the m... (more)
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Answer written about Electoral College. 9 Dec, 2013
Cliff GilleyCliff Gilley, Studied Constitutional Law dur... (more)
16 upvotes by Quora User, Michael Lee, Quora User, (more)
If there is a 28th Amendment, it will undoubtedly not abolish the electoral college for Presidential elections.  There is no benefit whatsoever to the parties in power to do any such thing, and the... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 7 Nov, 2012
Quora UserQuora User
52 upvotes by Adrien Lucas Ecoffet, Jason Hu, Kevin Lin, (more)
You can win the popular vote by 99.999987375% and still lose the electoral college. You wanted the most extreme, ridiculous situation right?

The US has about 200 million registered voters:

Thes... (more)
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Answer written about Electoral College. 3 Nov, 2012
Colin GerberColin Gerber, Neuroscientist
13 upvotes by Quora User, Quora User, Quora User, (more)
The Electoral College votes are based on how many Senators and Representatives each state has in the US Congress.  This guarantees at least 3 votes per state (2 Senators + 1 Representative.)

What ... (more)
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Answer written about Electoral College. 1 May, 2012
Barry HampeBarry Hampe, Atheist, writer, pilot, sage (... (more)
I've actually been thinking about this. I'm going to suggest some things that I think would help, even though I don't necessarily know how to accomplish them:

  1. Find a way to make the campaign seaso...
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Answer written about Electoral College. 22 Aug
Joe Geronimo MartinezJoe Geronimo Martinez, All over La Jolla-----At Wa'im... (more)
The US electoral system is outdated and serves its people poorly.

It should be entirely re-thought.

The system was designed for the 18th century. Technology has overtaken it and more importantly ... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. Thu
The electoral college is only "complicated" to two sets of Americans:

  • First, low-information voters;
  • Second, the Democratic pols who tell low-information voters that it's complicated so they can pu...
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Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 20 Jun, 2012
Quora UserQuora User, Aún aprendo
5 upvotes by Dirk Meister, Ian McCullough, Tj Santillo, (more)
The electoral college was designed as a means of protecting regional interests, notably slavery, against opposing coalitions of conflicting regional interests.

The electoral college has persisted ... (more)
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Answer written about Electoral College. 26 Jan, 2013
Quora UserQuora User
5 upvotes by Martin Fox, Quora User, David A K Lichtenstein, (more)
It would make an already slightly un-democratic electoral system less democratic.

Right now, the US has a system where the popular vote of each state determines the allocation of electoral votes, ... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 30 Sep, 2012
Jon DavisJon Davis, Amateur Military and Cultural ... (more)
14 upvotes by Robert Kalomiris, Quora User, Akshay Suggula, (more)
The electoral college is actually a uniquely ingenious invention used to ensure states rights, guaranteeing that the United States remain a group of united individual states functioning together as... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 9 Mar
Gary TealGary Teal, Republican
16 upvotes by Marco A. Lanz, Michael Lee, Eric Lauritzen, (more)
Unless I'm very confused, you could win the Presidency with a single electoral vote, at least in theory. Nobody has won it with a minority since John Quincy Adams won with 84 electoral votes out of... (more)
Electoral College
Answer written about Electoral College. 21 Sep
John ColagioiaJohn Colagioia, Software Guy, and a Little of ... (more)
5 upvotes by Ian McCullough, Michael Lee, Quora User, (more)
Simple:  Direct elections would concentrate power in the major cities, where people are mostly beholden (for their livelihoods) to the banking, energy, and entertainment industries.  The electoral ... (more)
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