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Wednesday, December 15, 2004

2004 Electoral College Whoops-a-daisy #2 - Audiopost

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2004 Electoral College Whoops-a-daisy #2

Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia have now reported their official votes for the Electoral College to the Federal Archives. So far, there have been only two, er, issues.

Following on the heels of yesterday's news from Minnesota that one of the state's ten electors had voted for John Edwards instead of John Kerry, today the news out of North Carolina is that the state's fifteen electors tried to cast sixteen electoral votes for president. Talk about your fuzzy math. The head of the state's electoral college solved the problem by canvassing each individual elector for their vote.

I spoke with one of our North Carolina subscribers today who called to voice his frustration with the Electoral College and to explore what kind of action he and his wife might be able to take to help abolish the Electoral College. Today's news demonstrates just one of the reasons why it's easy to
see why.

For those keeping track, that's one overvote and one undervote so far from this year's Electoral College, not an extremely impressive track record for the institution that was designed in part because voters weren't knowledgeable enough. I suppose if the Electoral College is going to give short shrift to the principle of one person, one vote, then it's not completely surprising that some enterprising individual came up with the idea of fifteen people, sixteen votes.

With twenty-six states left to report, more anomalies are likely, especially considering West Virginia elector Richie Robb's declared intention not to vote for President Bush.

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