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Old 11-04-2008, 07:46 AM
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I voted before work this morning. Unfortunately, my vote doesn't count for the presidential election

At least it counts in my local elections!
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I voted before work this morning. Unfortunately, my vote doesn't count for the presidential election

At least it counts in my local elections!
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I don't want to sound nosey, but why wouldn't your presidential vote count?
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I'm hazzarding a guess that Annie isn't American...........??
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I did early voting last week! I didn't feel like standing in line for hours today. We will know tonight who the winner is!! Some predict a landslide.
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Never voted this early on election day and never saw lines so long. We are expecting snow tonight, so that is a contributing factor. Still, it felt good to see so many people anxious to vote. THAT gives me far more hope than ANY one candidate.

Unlike many here, I don't believe we have a good choice for President this time around. I am not pessimistic by nature and I believe our system, designed by inspired and incredibly just men, will eventually help us overcome the issues that divide us. The great turn out today -- more important, in my eyes, for the non-presidential questions -- should represent the will of the people who have characteristically shown over generations to get it right more than they get it wrong.

No matter what happens, we will survive -- and possibly get stronger if we stay true to the Constitution and the balances of power put into our system by design.
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My vote doesnt' count because I live in New York State. My state automatically goes to Obama because of the electoral college. Remember, a president doesn't win based on popular vote. He wins based on the electoral college vote!
I voted for McCain, but the electoral college in New York is voting for Obama.

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I just got home from voting...only took about 30 minutes to get thru the line. I just hope and pray we pick the right one...wouldn't that be something if one wins the popular vote but the other wins the electoral vote???? Talking about some history happening today that would top it all!!!! I'm so glad my girls were able to go with me and watch the voting process, and to be part of this historical day.
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What's an electoral college???
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What's an electoral college???
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elector...(United_States)
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here's a link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Electoral_College

But in a nutshell they are officials in each state (each state gets a certain amount, my state has 33 people who are the electoral college voters), who choose what presidential candidate to vote for. It's an all or nothing system. Whomever those voters choose "win" the state regardless of which candidate received the most votes. The system was put into place to ensure informed voters chose the right candidate and represented their constituents.
You wouldn't want an uninformed person casting their vote for some random candidate (supposedly), so representatives are assigned to represent the voters and choose the candidate based on an informed and repsonsible position.
New York has always been considered a democratic state. That's why you have "swing' states. Those are states in which there's no clear cut way to know which candidate the electoral college will vote for. That's why the candidates spend so much time in those swing states, trying to persuade people to vote for them.
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