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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 1 month ago

Do our votes 🗳 really matter?

I’ve heard people 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 say 💬 that the electoral college is what votes 🗳for our President and political figures. Is this true ☑️, is the even a reason to vote 🗳.

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I’m sorry for the emojis I was bored 

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    That's one of the many reasons the US has the lowest voter participation rates of any G20 nation. That and the two party stranglehold that leaves out most people.

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  • Sally
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    No they do not matter.  Not one bit.  It has already been decided that Trump will be re-elected in November.  After his second term it will be the Democrat's turn to occupy the Whitehouse for eight years

    Source(s): www.FFF.org
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  • 1 month ago

    You'd have to be an absolute imbecile to think that your vote matters.

    Voting is an illusion of choice. I'm sure by now you've seen a pattern over the years that, no matter who you vote for, nothing ever improves. Make no mistake:

    Decisions are made by the shadows behind the puppet government.

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  • 1 month ago

    IT DEPENDS WHO YOU ARE VOTING FOR AND WHERE YOU ARE VOTING

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes your vote matters. 

    First off there are a lot of other offices than President which will be on the ballot.  This year all of the Congressmen and about a third of Senators will be on the ballot.  In addition there will be state and local offices up for election as well.  Your vote matters in all of these. 

    Your vote also matters in the Presidential race.  People who say that it doesn't matter don't understand how the electoral college works.  So let's give a little primer here to help you understand.  The electoral college is what technically elects the President.  Each state gets a number of electoral college votes equal to its representation in Congress (Washington DC gets a number equal to what it's representation would be if it were a state).  There are 538 electoral votes and a candidate needs at least 270 (50%+1) in order to win.  Now here's why your vote still matters.  In 48 states, plus Washington DC, the winner of the overall popular vote ends up winning the state's electoral votes.  The candidate with the most votes ends up getting all the state's votes regardless of what they ended up winning by.  (Nebraska and Maine do things slightly differently.  They give two votes to the overall winner and then award the rest based on who wins each Congressional district).  So your vote in the presidential race determines who wins the electoral votes for your state, and thus the Presidency.  The electoral college does not make independent decisions.  They just vote for whomever won their state. 

    (The actual electors are chosen by the party.  The party gives the state a list of people who will be their electors if they win.  After the election, I believe in December, the electors of the winning party assemble at their state's capitol and vote for their candidate). 

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  • Clive
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Then you need to find people to listen to who actually know what they're talking about.  It will be a better use of your time than peppering your question with emojis.

    Firstly, the electoral college is only relevant to the president.  It has nothing to do with any other election.

    Secondly, what on earth do you think the presidential election is for?  OK, It doesn't directly elect the president, but it elects the electors and tells them which way to vote.  Why else do you think we get the result on election night in November, before the electors have even voted?  That doesn't happen until December and is merely a formality.  If electors didn't exist and the election just awarded electoral votes from each state rather than choosing real live electors, you'd still get the same result.

    The only reason there are electors is that the Founding Fathers wanted to leave it up to each state how they contributed to electing the president.  In the early days of the USA, some states did it by having the state legislature choose them and didn't hold an election.  It wasn't until 1868 that all states had the people vote on it.  But now they all do, it would be perfectly possible to scrap the electoral college and have each state's presidential election award points instead, then just add up the points to see who wins.  But it would take an Amendment to do that, that's deliberately difficult to do, and as long as the electors do as they're told there's no point changing.

    What is actually more of an issue is that nearly all the states choose their electors by "winner takes all".  Let's say Trump wins in Florida, then Florida will choose 29 Republican electors.  It doesn't matter if he only won by one vote, he still gets all 29 electors voting for him.  This is a big reason why you occasionally get a president who didn't win the national vote.  If the electors were chosen (or electoral points awarded) by proportion of the people's vote, then votes for the loser wouldn't be ignored.  But again, this would take an Amendment to make all the states do it that way.

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  • 1 month ago

    You forget, the Electoral College represents the voting populace. So, yes, your vote counts.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It's 100% true.  Sometimes the will of the people and the electoral's will matches up but we never make the decision. 

    However, it's necessary because if left to the majority of voters they are incapable of maintaining the balance of powers.

    Without the electoral if an entity like the media can control the people then they can control who gets elected ALL THE TIME.

    That's why they were shocked that Hilary lost because they thought they had full control over the people, and they did sway a lot of people but they forgot about the electoral. But that's the purpose of the electoral, to keep any one entity such as one party, the people or the media from having too much influence on who get's elected and to ensure the balance of powers. 

    Without the electoral college we would spiral into a left or right wing dictatorship and eventually into a pure dictatorship

    It's only become a disadvantage to the left because the left is gaining more power and the electoral is there to keep any one side from having too much power, hense why it's now a nusense for the left. The electoral doesn't care about the petty issues, it's job is balancing  of the powers.  This Russia controlling our election rhetoric is pure nonsense. It's the electoral that Denied Democrats their 2016 victory. 

    If you're thinking your vote will ensure your candidate

    will win you'll be disappointed but all the votes together will filter out through the process and the process will choose the winner. 

    Its almost like putting a bunch of names in a hat shaking it up and pulling out a winner, only more organized and more complex.

    Source(s): Black Democrat
    • Clive
      Lv 7
      1 month agoReport

      You really don't have a clue how it works, do you?

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  • audrey
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Too many emojis. Come back when you grow up.

    • 1 month agoReport

      I never use emojis so i was like why not,

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  • 1 month ago

    Are you asking a question, or illustrating a children's book?

    That ballot box looks too much like a cake. You should redo it.

    • 1 month agoReport

      That’s the vote 🗳 emoji 

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