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Can someone please explain?

I have no idea how the whole voting process works. I know that we all cast our vote, but can you explain the whole electoral vote thing? Why does each state matter? This is all confusing to me!! How come each individuals vote does not count?

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:33 PM on Oct. 8, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

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  • http://people.howstuffworks.com/question472.htm
    heatherama

    Answer by heatherama at 2:36 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Electoral_College
    riotgrrl

    Answer by riotgrrl at 2:46 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • The Electoral College helps even out the difference between the big states and the little states. If we voted based on pure popular vote, the candidates would only visit the biggest states. States like New Hampshire and Ohio wouldn't matter - and the people in those states would be ignored. Everything the candidates said and promised would be geared to the concerns of the people in the big states like California.
    The way it is set up, the smallest states get a bigger say than their small populations would normally give them. No matter how few people live in a state, that state gets a minimum number of members for the College.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 2:59 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

  • If you look up the history on the system. You were supposed to be electing someone to go vote for you. Back before telephone and internet, they actually had to all come together in one place and cast ballots and count them. So you would send a delegation from your state to go vote. Why the whole state votes one way or the other rather than districts is a another question. But I'm sure they argued about it at length before they finally came up with something they thought had enough check and balances.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:04 PM on Oct. 8, 2008

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