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> If we used the popular vote to determine national elections,
> New York, Chicago and most of California would become
> the rulers of the rest of the country. Imagine the future of the
> nation being in the hands of these morons......YIKES !!!!!
>
In their infinite wisdom, the United States’ founders created the Electoral College to ensure the STATES were fairly represented.
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> Why should one or two densely populated areas speak for the whole of the nation?
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> The following list of statistics has been making the rounds on the Internet.
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> It should finally put an end to the argument as to why the Electoral College makes sense for our country.
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> Do share this. It needs to be widely known and understood.
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> There are 3,141 counties in the United States.
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> Trump won 3,084 of them.
> Clinton won 57.
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> There are 62 counties in New York State.
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> Trump won 46 of them.
> Clinton won 16.
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> Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.
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> In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton
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> received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won in Richmond).
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> Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning margin in the popular vote of the entire country.
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> These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.
> The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.
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> When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even
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> suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.
>
> Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc) DO NOT and SHOULD NOT speak for the rest of our country !
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timeontarget commented on Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 16:31 PM

Electoral College Fast Facts

Established in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, the Electoral College is the formal body which elects the President and Vice President of the United States. Each state has as many "electors" in the Electoral College as it has Representatives and Senators in the United States Congress, and the District of Columbia has three electors. When voters go to the polls in a Presidential election, they actually are voting for the slate of electors vowing to cast their ballots for that ticket in the Electoral College.
Electors

Most states require that all electoral votes go to the candidate who receives the plurality in that state. After state election officials certify the popular vote of each state, the winning slate of electors meet in the state capital and cast two ballots—one for Vice President and one for President. Electors cannot vote for a Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate who both hail from an elector’s home state.
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Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object The contested 1876 Presidential election brought Senators, and the electoral certificates under investigation, into the House Chamber.

Maine and Nebraska employ a “district system” in which two at-large electors vote for the state’s popular plurality and one elector votes for each congressional district’s popular plurality. In the November 2, 2004, election, Colorado voters rejected a “proportional system” in which electors would vote proportionally based on the state’s popular vote.

The District of Columbia and 26 states “bind” their electors to vote for their promised candidate, via a number of methods including oaths and fines. In the modern era, very rarely have electors voted for someone other than for whom they pledged. Though still rare, electors more commonly changed their vote in the 19th century—particularly on the vote for Vice President. Such “faithless electors” have never decided a Presidency.

There has been one faithless elector in each of the following elections: 1948, 1956, 1960, 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1988. A blank ballot was cast in 2000. In 2016, seven electors broke with their state on the presidential ballot and six did so on the vice presidential ballot.

timeontarget commented on Monday, Nov 27, 2017 at 16:36 PM

Contingent Elections

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About this object The 1953 electoral vote count declared Dwight D. Eisenhower the winner.
In the case of an Electoral College deadlock or if no candidate receives the majority of votes, a “contingent election” is held. The election of the President goes to the House of Representatives. Each state delegation casts one vote for one of the top three contenders to determine a winner.

Only two Presidential elections (1800 and 1824) have been decided in the House.
Though not officially a contingent election, in 1876, South Carolina, Florida, and Louisiana submitted certificates of elections for both candidates. A bipartisan commission of Representatives, Senators, and Supreme Court Justices, reviewed the ballots and awarded all three state’s electoral votes to Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio, who won the presidency by a single electoral vote.
See Electoral College and Indecisive Elections for more information on Contingent Elections.


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