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  •  why would a popular vote winner not be any more (2+ / 0-)
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    legitimate than an electoral vote winner?

    it seems that the winner of the popular vote would be the only legitimate winner.  the electoral college is an anachronism that outlived its original purpose long, long ago.

    most of the world's largest democracies award the election to the winner of the popular vote.  it's time we did, too.

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      why would a popular vote winner not be any more legitimate than an electoral vote winner?
      Uh, because one of them is the federalized system we have and the other is something else.
      it seems that the winner of the popular vote would be the only legitimate winner.  the electoral college is an anachronism that outlived its original purpose long, long ago.
      If you don't believe in the principle of federalism that our nation is founded upon, sure.
      most of the world's largest democracies award the election to the winner of the popular vote.  it's time we did, too.
      In Britain, the Prime Minister isn't even elected, (s)he is selected by the House of Commons.

      Same thing in Canada (slightly different system).

      In both cases, not one individual vote is cast for the titular head of state. The assumption is that you do that when you elect your local representative.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:18:32 PM PST

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