Thursday, October 18, 2007

Electoral College

The Electoral College is a time tested way of electing the President of the United States.

It is designed to ensure that no region is ignored by the candidates.

Yes, the most popular candidate can and has lost the election.

A candidate that focuses solely on the urban areas of the nation can 'win' the popular vote while ignoring the other areas of this nation. While the other candidate, who focuses on the whole nation wins the election.

The only change I would suggest to this system is to award electoral votes by congressional district plus 2 for the statewide winner, the District of Columbia would be reduced to a single electoral vote.

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

Red State: Blue State

Professor Joseph Olson of Hemline University School of Law, St. Paul,
Minnesota, points out some interesting facts concerning the 2000
Presidential election:

Number of States won by:

Gore: 21
Bush: 29

Square miles of land won by:
Gore: 580,000
Bush: 2,427,000

Population of counties won by:
Gore: 127 million
Bush: 143 million

Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by:
Gore: 13.2
Bush: 2.1

Professor Olson adds: "In aggregate , the map of the territory Bush
won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great
country. Gore's territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in
government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government


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