Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How Democracy Works: 2012 election

According to "The Guardian", Wyoming, Idaho, Oklahoma, Kansas,Utah, Kentucky,West Virginia, Nebraska, Arkansas,  and Alabama all had support for Romney at 60% or higher....making up a total of 59 Electoral Votes out of 538, or roughly 11%. For comparison's sake, New York State has 29 Electoral Votes, and both Michigan and Ohio have 18, with California (who has the most electoral votes of them all) having 55. In other words, go on and vote your heart out, red states---your population is so fucking small it makes no difference. Have a nice day.

*on edit: in other words, the electoral votes of California and Oregon, 55 and 7, respectively, totally negated all of the 60% and over support for Romney.

*on edit part 2: this is borne out by the population of these states. The voters of these states are representing the whole population, and if you add up the populations of the 10 states with 60% up and higher support for Romney, you find that the total (by 2010 Census numbers) is 27,213,918--out of a total population of 308,745,538 for the U.S. as a whole plus DC for 2010...which comes out to about 8.8% of the U.S. population--actually lower than the percentage of electoral votes they got. 

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