President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt RomneyDNA Research N Archives
The gruelling race to the White House between President Barack Obama and his rival Mitt Romney entered the final sprint as they made a last minute bid to win over undecided voters in key swing states ahead of Tuesday's presidential election, expected to be a photo-finish. (complete article)
If that's the case, will there finally be a strong movement to amend the American Constitution and "delete" the Electoral College? That antiquated system certainly distorts the elections. Senators, congressmen, governors etc in the United States of America are voted in by the citizens. Each vote is worth the same. Everyone is equal. But not when using the Electoral College. The lower the population of the state, the more each vote is worth in that system. I'd call it totally undemocratic.
One of the things I do like about the Israeli system is that each vote does count, and there are a variety of political parties. If 10% of the population want a certain ideology/party, then there can be twelve MK's of that party. There is a minimal threshold, number/percentage of votes a party must get to be in Knesset, so if the party you voted for doesn't get enough, your vote won't count. The leftover seats are divided among the other parties.
In the American system, you may have a situation in which over 50% voted for a candidate but he lost, which is worse. And even if the winner does get more, the loser has lost completely. He's not in the Senate or Congress with any power or position. In Israel, the leaders of the losing parties, as long as their party got enough votes to be in in Knesset are still officeholders. I like that.