With only eight days before Election Day the polls as of this afternoon still reflect a very close race in the controversial state of Florida, with Romney none the less leading with 50% and Obama 49% among the state’s likely voters according to a new poll released by CNN. The Obama campaign is working hard to get Florida citizens to understand the importance of every supporter’s vote.
There are numerous people who choose not to vote simply because of the electoral college. The electoral college is best known as the reason images of the United States are whittled down to only two colors from the crayon box, blue and red.
Many are under the impression that because of the electoral college, it doesn’t matter if they vote or not because the choice is already made. Yet if that were the plain and simple truth, blue candidates would not raise money to afford an almost non-stop travel itinerary to the states that traditionally do not represent them during elections.
If upon entry to a competition that starts you with an advantage simply because the majority of everyone was just like you, you’d flaunt that advantage in an effort to shatter your competition’s confidence some effectively slowing down momentum because where potential supporters less interested in the process will quickly drop out feeling it useless to waste their time supporting them, right? In many ways that is exactly what this process does for many on the fence and near the fence citizens. However, there is one thing that is constantly kept too quiet during election years.
The main reason to vote regardless of the seemingly undemocratic process of electoral votes is this:
The electoral college for each state has mostly cast their votes based on the popular vote of the people in their state. Out of 56 elections, only four times did the popular vote not determine the electoral college’s vote.
- John Quincy Adams who lost by 44,804 votes to Andrew Jackson in 1824
- Rutherford B. Hayes who lost by 264,292 votes to Samuel J. Tilden in 1876
- Benjamin Harrison who lost by 95,713 votes to Grover Cleveland in 1888
- George W. Bush who lost by 543,816 votes to Al Gore in the 2000 election.
All taking place in the 1800’s when the 12 Amendment was still fresh and new, up until Bush vs. Gore in 2000. This is the idea behind Obama/Biden ad campaign “Ghosts of recounts past: 537” Their goal was to remind citizens that just a mere 537 votes is how Bush won Florida. They go on to mention that had 537 more citizens opted to vote, the country’s economic fate would have likely gone a totally different direction than what the U.S. has suffered over the past 12 years.
Plain and simple. Although in the initiation of the 12 Amendment the EC doesn’t have to vote that way, yet they do most often simply because they were selected to represent the state.
More importantly a reason to vote is simply because you can:
- In May 1955 – Reverand George Lee was murdered for refusing to end voter registration in his church.
- August 1955- Lamar Smith was shot and murdered in broad daylight for organizing black voters for an upcoming election.
- September 1961 – Herbert Lee was murdered in Mississippi for registering black voters. Later the only witness a black man named Louis Allen was also murdered.
- April 1962 – Cpl Roman Ducksworth Jr. was mistaken for a “freedom rider” was ordered off a bus and murdered.
- September 15, 1963 – Four little girls Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley were killed when a bomb exploded at Sixteenth Street Baptist Church which had been the center for civil rights meetings and marches.
- September 15, 1963 – Virgil Lamar Ware, 13, was shot and killed by white boys following a segregationist rally in the aftermath of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.
- February 26, 1965 – Jimmie Lee Jackson was beaten and shot by state troopers as he tried to protect his grandfather and mother from a trooper attack on civil rights marchers. His death led to the Selma-Montgomery march and the eventual passage of the Voting Rights Act.
Vote because you can!