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[7]: Comment by shmerl
by Luminair on Tue 6th Nov 2012 20:36 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
Luminair
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2007-03-30

if you remove the electoral system then the non-swing states that are ignored get traded for small states that are ignored.

you could say this is fine because the president is a national office, and the states have their fair chance to provide local representation through the cronies they elect to congress.

point is, stopping the electoral system is not a clear positive.

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RE[8]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 6th Nov 2012 20:44 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Right, there will be some other shift. But right now there is more disbalance. Direct elections will even things out, but small swing states probably will loose attention because of that.

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RE[8]: Comment by shmerl
by demetrioussharpe on Thu 8th Nov 2012 14:53 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by shmerl"
demetrioussharpe Member since:
2009-01-09

...if you remove the electoral system then the non-swing states that are ignored get traded for small states that are ignored.

you could say this is fine because the president is a national office, and the states have their fair chance to provide local representation through the cronies they elect to congress.

point is, stopping the electoral system is not a clear positive.


The outcome of the vote shouldn't be determined by states, it should be determined by the vote of individual people. Why should I bother to vote, if I know that only Republican votes will matter? In that case, I might as well stay home. If I want to vote republican, then I really don't have to vote, because they'll get my state's electoral votes, anyway. If I want to vote democrat, then why bother, since my state always votes republican??? When you live in a state like that, what's the actual incentive to vote??? Individual votes only effect the popular vote. We've seen (in our lifetime) presidents who've won the popular vote & lost the election. The popular vote is the true gauge of who the country wants as president. The electoral college is a slap in the face of all Americans.

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