— a story about voting: high school class presidents and the electoral college
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a story about voting: high school class presidents and the electoral college

Also I guess everyone should go vote, assuming you live in the USA and have not yet already voted? I mean, I voted three weeks ago so idgaf but if Romney wins the presidential election I am going to be one very unhappy seer of space.

I know voting for the American president doesn’t work like voting for class president does, but here’s a story about it anyway:

In my senior year of high school there were two people running for class president. One of them was our class president for the last three years who was also kind of a not very likeable person and the other was a friend of mine who is considerably more awesome. After the voting I heard from another friend of mine who had counted the votes that it was an incredibly close race and our incumbent class president only won by like two or three votes.

I knew of at least five seniors who hadn’t voted for various reasons and they all would have voted for the other candidate. If even a few of them had voted, we would have had a different senior class president.

Voting for the American president doesn’t work like that, but here’s my best understanding of how voting for the American president does work: the winner of the popular vote in a state gets all that state’s electoral college votes, unless you live in that one state where they actually split their electoral votes according to percentages of the popular vote. (Spoilers: I don’t live in that one state.)

How does someone win the popular vote in a state? By getting 50%+1 of the votes.

You could be that +1 vote! So go vote!

(also there are local, county, and state things on your ballot that honestly are probably more important and will probably affect you, personally, more than whoever gets to be president of our country for the next four years so, you know. read the voter information guide you got mailed or find it online - it’s probably not hard to find; california’s sure isn’t - so that you can be an informed voter. and then go vote!)

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