In the 2000 US presidential election, Democratic candidates had half a million votes more than Republicans. The Democratic Party lost. Sixteen years later, something similar happened again. In the United States, if you run for president, it does not matter how many people actually vote for you. On the contrary, what is important is a mysterious system used to elect the head of state of the United States, called the Electoral Academy.
The electoral college is the reason why the United States has the so-called “swing state” and the reason why these places determine the country̵
Electoral College makes the votes of some Americans stronger than others. In fact, this is part of the reason why we did it in the first place. In the early days of the country, the electoral college made the voting power of southern whites more important than northerners. The core idea is that certain votes are only much more important than others, and this has been integrated into American tradition. In the 2020 election, it may decide the winner.
Book of the historian Alexander Keyssar Why do we still have an electoral college? Take you to understand the history and functions of the Electoral College:
For that historical episode, Kisar also wrote an article in The New York Times.
“The Times” has excellent interactive features that can show where candidates actually spend money in 2020.
Pew’s breakdown of how democracies around the world elect their heads of state does show the weirdness of the United States.
More information on why today’s Electoral College provides a structural advantage for Republican presidential candidates.
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