scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Re: I'm punting here.
Paul S. Wolf (paulwolf@CUYCTYENGINEERS.ORG
Wed Aug 23 2000 - 19:30:55 CDT
> Not quite. Close, just not quite. Presidential primaries are party
> elections. Presidential elections are vote for representatives to the
> electoral college. Each state receives as many electoral votes as it
> has representatives and senators put together.
Plus DC gets 3 based on the 23rd Amendment.
> You, as a voter, vote for those persons. Each is pledged to a
> Some states (here I get foggy on the mathematics, but I recall this
> was the way it used to be, and I suspect still is) have an all or
> nothing vote, that is if Bush takes 51 percent of the popular vote,
> every electoral vote for that state is pledged to Bush.
ALL states. That's part of the Constitution.
> In other states the electoral vote may be representative of the
> percentages of popular vote in that state.
> Originally, electoral college representatives were not pledged to a
> candidate at all, as it was believed that it was not necessarily true
> that our voters would vote for the right people. You had, then, the
> possibility of the popular vote being for Roosevelt, and the electoral
> college saying, no, Al Smith is the better candidate and electing Al
> (the Happy Warrior). This is, of course, no longer true.
Actually, under FEDERAL law, there is nothing to prohibit "unfaithful"
Electors, but 21 states do have such laws, and can either fine or
replace an elector that does not vote for the candidate to which s/he
> It remains true however that it is still possible for a popular vote
> winner to loose the general election because of the distribution of
> electoral college votes.
In fact the 11 most populous states have 270 electoral votes, which is
enough to win the Electoral College vote.
For many details see: http://www.nara.gov/fedreg/elctcoll/proced.html
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu