Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Nov 2012 11:37 UTC
In the News "This election won't hinge on technology issues. Just look at prevailing discussions this year at the national level: major candidates have sparred over Iran's nuclear ambitions, the role of government, inane comments on the female body, and to nobody's surprise, the economy. Despite that fact, many decisions will be taken up by the next US president and those in Congress that will affect the world of tech, and by consequence, the real lives of citizens and human beings around the world - from alternative energy, to the use of killer drones, the regulation of wireless spectrum, and policies that aim to control content on the internet. Your chance to vote is just around the corner. Here's what's at stake in tech this election, and how the major candidates could influence our future." Happy voting, American readers. Whatever you pick, please take at least a few minutes to consider that the implications of your choice do not end at the US border.
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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 6th Nov 2012 18:45 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl
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2010-06-08

It uses what's called "Electoral College". People don't vote for the president, they vote for "electors". Those electors in their turn vote for the actual president. This causes disproportionate influence of some states on the outcome (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swing_state#Criticism_and_proposed_ref... ).

Direct elections are more democratic and can better represent the choice of the populace.

Edited 2012-11-06 18:49 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by kenji on Tue 6th Nov 2012 19:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
kenji Member since:
2009-04-08

I think that this 'disproportion' due to most states taking a 'winner-take-all' method may not reflect the popular vote precisely but it works fine. In democracy, the majority rules and if the majority of a State goes one way or the other why is it broken when the electoral votes all get cast for the winner in that State? That is, in effect, majority rule.

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 6th Nov 2012 19:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

"Not precisely" can have such a big margin, that it can be considered broken. Making it more democratic will also force candidates to pay attention to all states in general, rather than focusing on few selected "swing" ones, disregarding anything else.

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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by Tuishimi on Tue 6th Nov 2012 20:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

If this was a Jira issue I would have set the status to "Functions as designed".

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RE[4]: Comment by shmerl
by Soulbender on Wed 7th Nov 2012 02:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by shmerl"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

or maybe "Design flaw".

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