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[8]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Tue 6th Nov 2012 20:39 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl
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2010-06-08

So focusing on more cities in swing states is better than ignoring non swing states altogether? Even if there is a majority in some state, the minority of voters there don't appreciate that they are ignored just because their state majority predefines the result based on electoral college. Direct elections are simply more fair for everyone, since result is cumulative, state majority is not important. This gives candidates better focus on real problems, instead of attempts to gauge swing state favors.

Edited 2012-11-06 20:40 UTC

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RE[9]: Comment by shmerl
by kenji on Tue 6th Nov 2012 21:10 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by shmerl"
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2009-04-08

So focusing on more cities in swing states is better than ignoring non swing states altogether?


Yes and no. What I'm saying is that highly partisan States will provide predictable outcomes, every single time. The electoral majority mirrors the popular majority.

I do think that it could be considered a shame that some States do get ignored but I personally would consider it punishment for being so partisan. My point is that States with a balance of power, get more power in this case.

In other words, swing States are more representative of the entire country than the partisan ones (which would balance out if all lumped together - nation-wide the gap between democrats and republicans is essentially balanced, which swing States mirror).

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