"In 2007, Estonia held theworld's first general Internet election. Over the course of three days, Estonians could vote by placing their state-issued ID cards (which have an electronic chip) into a computer reader, entering two passwords, and then choosing their favorite candidates from a list. These votes were then encrypted, archived, stripped of personally identifiable information, and decoded. About 30,000 people, or a bit less than 4 percent of the registered population, cast their ballots in this way. (The rest used polling stations.) Although computer scientists worried that Estonia's e-vote would be vulnerable to hacking, the experiment went off without a hitch, and surveys conducted afterward found high voter confidence in the election results."
She also speaks about the old regulation that claimed Tuesday- a work and school day- a voting day.
"In 1845, Congress fixed upon Tuesday because getting to and from polling places used to be a two-day ordeal, and voting on the weekend or Monday would have meant traveling on the Sabbath."
We should be voting on a holiday or a weekend, like the people in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, and others.
If we are a super power, shouldn't our electoral system be super powered?
And then, there are the Voting Rights- Registration and Requirements. Hoo boy. look at this mess.
Sure, there have been some changes in recent years, some for better, some for worse, but with the basis of these "rights" coming from an act signed into law in 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson, we are still far, far behind.
Is this why we don't vote? Why we sit home and status update and tweet and bitch, but never make it to the long lines at the polls?
In the end, how much does your vote really count?
The presidential seat is selected through the Electoral College, which was created over 200 years ago as a compromise for the presidential election process. Some politicians at that time believed a popular election was too reckless; some objected to giving Congress the power to select the president. The agreement was to set up an Electoral College system that allowed voters to vote for electors, who would then cast their votes for candidates (a system described in Article II, section 1 of the Constitution.
SO. More than a month after we all run to the polls, see the popular vote and wring our hands wondering if "our Guy" is in... the Electoral College meets and places the real votes for President and Vice President. (Dec 17, 2012)
Usually they vote the way the popular vote came up, BUT they do not have to.( In some states, this would mean a fine of $10,000. Which is nothing to the elector, given the kind of money campaigns spend.) Remember how Al Gore won the popular vote in 2000, but WAS NOT elected President?
Congress will meet on Jan. 6, 2013, to conduct an official tally of the electoral votes. Vice President Joe Biden will preside and declare the winner. Hmmmmm.
Here's a question. Have you ever watched the election unfold on TV news broadcasts and seen the Electoral College numbers, and the popular vote numbers? And didn't you say, well, they already are saying my state is electing Incumbent or New Guy, so why should I even bother going to polls? I'll just have a beer and go to bed.
There are 538 votes in the Electoral College. A candidate must have at least 270 to win.
Remember 2008? Even though John McCain won Nebraska’s statewide popular vote, Barack Obama won the 2nd Congressional District and earned one of the state’s five
Robert Longley says, However, in every presidential election, one problem with the Electoral College emerges: once the major candidates decide that certain states are "locked up" on their side, they tend to ignore those states and spend all their time campaigning in – and catering to – voters in the remaining small number of undecided or "battleground" states. "
Again, does your vote count and who really cares? These are after all, only predictions? Right?
See for yourself on this page. Go ahead, follow along. Then decide in a few weeks, if you'd rather be drinking a Grande Mocha Latte and reading Fifty Shades, or standing out in the cold waiting to press a button.
* information gathered from multiple sources including this article, rest noted above.