In my rant earlier today I said this "I'm a little disappointed that they win by electoral votes and not popular vote and because I live in Maryland my vote doesn't count for as much as those in Florida or California. Never understood, but I can't change it!"
And later in the day my friend Joelle commented to me and said, "...even if they went by popular vote, obama would have won." Actually, I did know this and Chris and I even discussed this morning that we were glad he won both the popular and electoral votes! I know electoral votes are based on population, I just don't get it.
I asked my boss (who's very much into politics) to tell me in plain English why votes are counted the way they are. He said basically the electoral college was formed because they were afraid that too many uneducated citizens would vote just to vote and they wouldn't know any better. YAY! That made me feel so much better! (note the sarcasm) Then I found out (really should have paid better attention in US History & Government in high school!) that the electors for each state are "suppose" to vote the way for the canidate their state voted for. For instance, Maryland has 10 electoral votes, 10 electors are suppose to vote for Obama... but they don't even have to listen to "their people" (us, the voters, the people that are suppose to matter!) and they can vote for whom ever they choose.... Am I the only one that sees this as a bad thing? Can someone please enlighten me as to why this is such a great plan? Seriously! And please don't send me comments comparing our Democracy to other countries that practice Communism or Dictatorship... I know Democracy is better than that! I know the US is the "Land of Freedom" and it could be a lot worse... but please, if you have a good explination of our government that makes it seem a lot more "for the people", PLEASE, fill me in!!!
I wish I enjoyed politics... but sorry blog fans if you do, I don't. I really just hope things get better here!
I hope you don't think that I'm a complete idiot on the subject... close! hehe... but I'm not completely uneducated, I just don't understand.