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Thread #147991   Message #3433000
Posted By: Bobert
08-Nov-12 - 09:43 AM
Thread Name: BS: Election of the US President
Subject: RE: BS: Election of the US President
Couple things to add to what sciencegeek posted, beachcomber... The number of electoral votes per state is equal to the number of members that state elects to the House of Representatives which, in turn, is based on population...

Second, each state makes it's own laws about elections... So things like early voting, absentee voting, provisional ballots, etc. are left up to each state as long as they don't violate federal anti-discrimination laws...

Third, re-districting is highly political... When a party takes over a statehouse it usually tries to re-draw the districts to benefit itself... These districts can look very strange and sometimes entire areas of a district are connected with other areas a hundred miles away with a very narrow thread... This is why here in North Carlina The Dems got over 45% of the state wide contests (Governor & President) yet control 10 of the 12 House of Representative districts...

Hope this, with what sciencegeek has posted helps...

B~