Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day

It's Election Day! Hooray hooray hooray.

I hope that this year, the same candidate who wins the popular vote also wins the election.  People have been running numbers through the electoral college, and things are looking weird.  It's probable that one candidate will get more votes overall and win more states overall, yet still lose the election.

Of course, for a long time, it's been possible to become President, just by winning 11 states.  But that's a technicality, which hasn't ever really been a serious possibility.  This year, however...a discrepancy between how people vote and who gets elected seems entirely possible.  I just hope that doesn't happen.

Thought experiment: What would happen, if one candidate became President while losing the popular vote?  How would the country react?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

hope voting goes well. already voted in my state.

Anonymous said...

That already happened, Bush v. Gore, where Gore won the popular vote and Bush won the electoral college. The Supreme Court ruled the electoral college has the final say, as stated in the constitution, and Bush became president even though technically, Gore had more votes. The constitution says the electoral college has the ultimate power.

Emily said...

That's happened a few times now, including the 1912 election, which is why people are talking about it so much.

Personally, I'm assuming it's not going to happen, even though the polls claim that the two candidates are neck and neck. They say that about every election, and it never even winds up close.

Robyn said...

@9:34 - Actually, the Supreme Court's case and ruling had nothing to do with the electoral college vs the popular vote. The entire case was about the recount and alleged miscounts in Florida. Basically, it was about the constitutionality of the way the recount was handled, and the way certain votes were counted. The decision gave President Bush Florida's electoral votes, giving him 271, enough to win the presidential election.

TL;DR - the SCOTUS ruling was about the popular vote in Florida only, not the popular vote in the entire US vs the electoral college.

And yes, a candidate winning the popular vote and not winning the election has happened numerous times before. I always have mixed feelings about using one verses the other. The founders of this country had a reason they set up the electoral college the way they did, and those reasons are incredibly complex but make sense. However, going to a straight popular vote makes sense as well.

What I would like to see happen is a limit on political ad spending, but no one in Congress would ever vote for that.

Anonymous said...

I agree. In fact, a city councilperson did so! She simply taped over the first name and wrote another name on campaign signs. She spent about $30.

Anonymous said...

this might sound random,but professor layton and the mask of miracle is out in america. i really hope you do a walkthrough for it, and soon.
-A