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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Presidential Election Myth

The 2008 Presidential Election has come and gone and it looks like Barrack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States.

However, it will not become official until the pledged delegates submit their electoral votes on December 15th.

A common myth is that United States citizens directly elect the President, not so.

The people in each state votes and based on who recieves the most votes in each state that candidate gets the electoral votes. Most states have a winner take all approach.

The interesting point is that the delegates that will cast their respective states electoral votes are under no obligation to vote for Obama and there is no law that requires them to.

However, the electoral college is pretty much a formality. Whether the electoral college is still relevent and should be done away is another debate for another time.

Those high school civics classes have paid off.

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