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  • some of us have been beating this drum consistantly since the 2000 "election."

    Surely three years is long enough to find out how the Electoral College works. It's been around for two-hundred years; its workings really shouldn't have been a surprise to anyone eligible to vote.

    • Hi, Chromatic!

      It's not the electoral college that was at fault. Gore received more votes in Florida (despite the undercouting of poor people's votes due to poor and confusing technology, and despite the GOP's illegally stripping the right to vote from tens of thousands of citizens -- those being the only two reasons that the count was even close).

      And this shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who bothered to follow the news [democrats.com].

      But the GOP delights in blaming the voters themselves as being "stupid"... when in

      • those being the only two reasons that the count was even close

        It takes some combination of a lot of knowledge and a lot of confidence to make that kind of statement. I wouldn't want to put myself out that far.

        Lest anyone get the wrong idea, I'm of the opinion that tampering with voting should be punished as harshly as possible. However, in the absence of perfectly accurate and clear voting (in other words, in practice), you have to do the best you can. Changing the rules after votes have been cast (and counted) would be even more of a fiasco.

        Besides that, my point was that anyone who brings up national popular vote numbers is a twit and should be ignored as such.