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  Presidential Election of 2000, Electoral and Popular Vote Summary — Infoplease.com
Presidential Election of 2000, Electoral and Popular Vote Summary — Infoplease.com
Voting age population (Census Bureau Population Survey for Nov. 2000): 205,815,000
Percentage of voting age population casting a vote for president: 51.3%
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0876793.html   (207 words)

  
  Rock the Vote - Elections 101
Winning the popular vote may not ensure a candidate's victory, so they must try to gain popular support of particular states in order to win the votes of that state.
In most presidential elections, a candidate who wins the popular vote will also receive the majority of the electoral votes, but this is not always the case.
Voting for candidates of different parties for various offices in the same election.
www.rockthevote.com /rtv_elections_101_general.php   (1084 words)

  
 TomPaine.com - A National Popular Vote
National Popular Vote, an informal coalition campaign boosted by FairVote and former members of Congress from across the political spectrum, last week announced a novel strategy  to change the system.
Today most states allocate electoral votes to the statewide vote winner, but they could just as easily allocate their electoral votes to the nationwide vote winner.
The percentage of African Americans in a "swing vote" position—in a state where African Americans are at least 5 percent of the population and where the presidential division between the parties is within 5 percent—has plunged from 73 percent in 1976 to just 17 percent in 2004.
www.tompaine.com /articles/2006/02/28/a_national_popular_vote.php   (837 words)

  
  Jesse Ruderman » Winning an election with 22% of the popular vote
A presidential candidate could be elected with as a little as 21.8% of the popular vote by getting just over 50% of the votes in DC and each of 39 small states.
The optimal set of states to take (the one that lets a candidate win with the smallest popular vote) is not the N states with the smallest population.
Since that data didn't include the population of DC, I got the population of DC from another source, which was also connected to the 2000 census but which used different criteria to determine whether a person counted as part of the population of a state.
www.squarefree.com /2004/11/01/winning-an-election-with-22-of-the-popular-vote   (1841 words)

  
  Popular vote plan dies in N.D., Mont. - Boston.com
A movement to essentially dump the Electoral College and give the presidency to the winner of the nationwide popular vote has been defeated in North Dakota and Montana, after opponents said it would eliminate any influence states may have in presidential contests.
It is a proposed agreement among states to cast their electoral votes for the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.
The initiative asks state legislatures to adopt a contract ordering their presidential electors to cast their votes for the winner of the national popular vote for president, regardless of the candidate's results in that state.
www.boston.com /news/nation/articles/2007/02/08/popular_vote_plan_dies_in_nd_mont   (358 words)

  
  Past Peak: On The Popular Vote
The popular vote, not the electoral vote, is said to be the "real" measure of the will of the people.
Bush's popular vote lead makes it impossible, from a PR standpoint, for Kerry to openly contest the results in Ohio and other states.
In future elections (assuming electronic voting hasn't rendered them meaningless), it will be important to make Democratic voters understand that they should ignore the electoral college and vote as if only the popular vote matters.
www.pastpeak.com /archives/2004/11/on_the_popular_1.htm   (373 words)

  
 The Claremont Institute: The Multiplier Effect
The percent margin in the popular vote is multiplied into a larger percent margin in the Electoral College.
Popular vote margins ranging from 3 to 5 percent tend to give the popular vote winner an electoral victory ranging from 300 to 350 votes.
Popular vote victories from 6 to 8 percent push the electoral vote tally towards the 400 mark.
www.claremont.org /writings/041029janiskee.html   (826 words)

  
 AskMe: Pro's & Con's of the Electoral College?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The electoral vote count equals the number of Representatives plus the number of Senators (which means the electoral vote is proportional to population for large states, with a minimum of 3 votes for small states).
The popular vote does count, since that is the means by which the electoral vote is determined in each state.
The state-by-state popular vote is why the candidates are focusing on “battleground states” (those in which the popular vote is too close to call still, such as Florida, Oregon, and Arkansas).
www.ontheissues.org /askme/Popular_vs_Electoral.htm   (1652 words)

  
 Mister Poll: electing Presidents by popular vote
What I am for: Is that each congressional district elector vote for the candidate that won that district, instead of popular vote determining the entire state.
I believe that those 10 votes should be split in accordance in who won the popular vote in each individual district of that state.
So those votes could go, 5 and 5, or 3 and 7 or 2 and 8, however the popular vote went in each district within the state.
www.misterpoll.com /results.mpl?id=1276712075   (338 words)

  
 ZetaTalk: Popular Vote   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Gore had won an edge of 21 electoral votes, by some 300,000 popular votes, and was only 3 electoral votes shy of winning the Presidency.
Gore also won the popular vote in Florida, a fact clear to even the ultra-right Buchannan who admitted the 3,000 vote he received above what might be expected in the Jewish enclave of Palm Beach were not his votes, but Gore's.
The cry that every vote should count, echoed by the GOP lawyers when their behind-the-scenes efforts to boost their candidate by illegal amendments to absentee ballots were exposed, were put aside when the Democratic opposition presented the same argument.
www.zetatalk.com /govmt/g120.htm   (690 words)

  
 Boundless: Abolish the Electoral College?
If the presidential election were purely a popular vote, with no regard for the states, it would be dominated by a handful of big cities.
If the presidential election were purely a popular vote, with no regard for individual states, it would be dominated by a handful of big cities.
Putting aside the differences between urban and rural voters, another factor in a popular vote would be the notorious corruption that taints elections in large cities, and the power of organized labor and political "machines" to manipulate the vote in population-dense areas.
www.boundless.org /2000/features/a0000353.html   (1178 words)

  
 Who Won the 2000 U.S. Presidential Election?
The winner of the popular vote in each state is awarded that state's electoral votes, which is equal to the number of Members of Congress that state has.
The final method assigned two electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in each state, and apportioned the other (whole) electoral votes to each of the candidates depending on their percentage of the vote in that state ("proportional").
This averaging gave 267.8±19.5 electoral votes to George W. Bush, 263.5±19.5 electoral votes to Al Gore, 6.0±7.1 electoral votes to Ralph Nader, and 0.7±1.0 electoral votes to Pat Buchanan.
members.verizon.net /~vze3fs8i/air/whowon.html   (840 words)

  
 Project Vote Smart - What is the Electoral College?
A state's number of electoral votes equals the number of the state's Congressional delegation [the number of U.S. Senators (always 2) PLUS the number of U.S. Representatives.] The District of Columbia receives three electoral votes, as determined by the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution.
National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is a proposed agreement between states in the United States dealing with their allocation of electoral votes.
Two votes were not cast at all when electors chose to abstain from casting their electoral vote for any candidate.
www.vote-smart.org /election_president_what_is_electoral_college.php   (852 words)

  
 TruthNews
If the United Nations elected its Secretary General by popular vote among all the countries, the winner would always be Chinese.) Even with a popular vote, a narrow election could still come down to a few disputed ballots that would end up being resolved by a court.
In addition, electing the president by popular vote introduces a new set of problems, like uniform voting standards (for example, Massachusetts allows convicted felons to vote, while Texas does not) and uniform counting (should a partially punched ballot card be counted or not, and who will decide?).
Under our constitution, it's the electoral vote that counts, and the legitimacy of the president winning a majority of the votes of the electoral college should not be undermined by his failure to win the popular vote.
www.truthnews.net /comment/2000_12_popular.html   (650 words)

  
 Overton, Logandale, Nevada :: View topic - The President is not chosen by a nation-wide popular vote.
The President is not chosen by a nation-wide popular vote.
Electoral votes are awarded on the basis of the popular vote in each State.
As a result, it is possible that the electoral votes awarded on the basis of State elections could produce a different result than the nation-wide popular vote.
www.overton-nv.com /viewtopic.php?t=1056&highlight=   (1009 words)

  
 Fathom :: The Source for Online Learning
We had an inversion of the popular vote and the Electoral College vote in 1888, which was when Cleveland lost to Harrison, but that wasn't as remarkable as 1876, because there you had states where electoral votes were clearly in dispute.
The relationship between the electoral and the popular vote is one where, almost always--and of course there can be exceptions--the popular vote and the electoral vote go to the same candidate.
Clearly he might have been the popular vote winner as the polls at the time were showing, and yet Gore could have won.
www.fathom.com /feature/121673/index.html   (1575 words)

  
 Progressive States Network | National Popular Vote Moves Forward
A national popular vote initiative was passed by both chambers in California last year, only to be vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger.
National Popular Vote would ensure that only the candidate who receives the most votes nationally would be president.
Under the National Popular Vote system, however, their votes would be very important because they would count towards the overall national popular vote totals which would decide the election, rather than the archaic Electoral College system.
www.progressivestates.org /content/529/national-popular-vote-moves-forward   (1221 words)

  
 Accuracy In Media - Guest Columns - Marion Harrison - The Popular Vote In The Electoral System
Popular vote within a particular State matters; popular vote in the national aggregate is only fodder for disgruntled political agitators.
To a point, however, the theory - and clearly the practice - is the same: States (and pursuant to Amendment XXIII also the District of Columbia) elect the President, the aggregate popular vote does not.
Whether this consequence of the Electoral College is beneficial or baneful to the Republic is a matter for political scientists to conjecture.
www.aim.org /publications/guest_columns/harrison/2004/mar12.html   (661 words)

  
 Vox Baby: Running Up the Score
The website www.electoral-vote.com keeps track of the popular vote margins by state for the 2004 and 2000 elections (click on the Excel spreadsheets to see the raw data).
Some of that is due to the decline in the Nader vote in the two elections (which improved the shares of both the Democrat and Republican).
I conjecture that in future elections in which the electoral college outcome is projected to be close, candidates will independently seek a high popular vote count--even in states not perceived to be battleground states--to set themselves up in a favorable position to pursue or defend lawsuits.
voxbaby.blogspot.com /2004/11/running-up-score.html   (827 words)

  
 Ben's Guide (9-12): Elections -- The Election Process -- Election of the President & Vice President -- Electoral College
Voters in each state actually cast a vote for a block of electors who are pledged to vote for a particular candidate.
Therefore, the candidate who receives the most votes in a state at the general election will be the candidate for whom the electors later cast their votes.
The votes of the electors are then sent to Congress where the President of the Senate opens the certificates, and counts the votes.
bensguide.gpo.gov /9-12/election/electoral.html   (521 words)

  
 Why the Popular Vote Mattered - And Still Does
California kept their voting information updated on a daily basis, so it was easy to track by going to the well-organized site of the California Secretary of State.
I believed that if there was even a slight chance that an inaccurate reporting of the popular vote might cause Gore to underestimate his base of support, it was important that he and his campaign understand that the media had not been keeping up.
The claim is that states such as California stopped counting their votes when the winning candidate was declared, meaning absentees weren't counted, meaning Bush would have won the popular vote since we all "just know" that more Republicans vote by absentee.
archive.democrats.com /view.cfm?id=3173   (1604 words)

  
 Concerned Women for America - Electoral College: The making of an American president
In what some call the “presidential cliffhanger,” Vice President Al Gore is the projected winner of the nationwide popular vote, while Texas Gov. George W. Bush is the projected winner of the electoral vote—and thus the winner of the presidency.
If the presidency were based solely on a popular vote, the candidates would logically focus their attention on high-population urban areas and ignore low-population areas.
If Bush and Gore had tied in the electoral votes, the newly elected House members would have taken a state-by-state vote, with each state’s members deciding which candidate would get their state’s vote.
www.cwfa.org /printerfriendly.asp?id=1700&department=cwa&categoryid=misc   (774 words)

  
 Why the Popular Vote Mattered - And Still Does
California kept their voting information updated on a daily basis, so it was easy to track by going to the well-organized site of the California Secretary of State.
I believed that if there was even a slight chance that an inaccurate reporting of the popular vote might cause Gore to underestimate his base of support, it was important that he and his campaign understand that the media had not been keeping up.
The claim is that states such as California stopped counting their votes when the winning candidate was declared, meaning absentees weren't counted, meaning Bush would have won the popular vote since we all "just know" that more Republicans vote by absentee.
www.democrats.com /view.cfm?id=3173   (1604 words)

  
 Article | Wasted Vote? There's No Such Thing
A recent CNN state-by-state projection shows Bush winning 32 states and Kerry 17 (Maine's electoral votes would be divided under that state's law), with the president winning the electoral college vote 301 to 237.
Yet Gore had a plurality of the popular vote by a margin of about 500,000 — in large part because of the huge majorities he won in states with large populations, particularly New York and California, where he won by a combined 3 million votes.
But they also ought to hope that the popular vote winner and the electoral college victor are one and the same this time.
www.manhattan-institute.org /html/_latimes-wasted_vote.htm   (790 words)

  
 Education World ® Lesson Planning: Electoral Versus Popular Vote
Have members of each group vote on the snack they want, and ask each group's representative to tally the votes and then cast one vote for the entire group.
After the representatives have cast their votes and the snack has been determined, poll the entire class to learn their individual votes.
Determine whether the popular vote and the "electoral vote" produced the same result.
www.education-world.com /a_lesson/00-2/lp2109.shtml   (229 words)

  
 History House: A Popular Vote
The plan was that you'd vote for someone whose judgment you trusted, and then he would go off and vote for who he thought would be the best chief executive (women wouldn't get in the game for another 120 years).
Recall that Hamilton was excited that the population votes for the electors' wisdom.
One of the major reasons the Framers didn't bother with a popular Presidential vote in the first place was not because they thought the American population was stupid (although sometimes we have to wonder) but rather that, lacking mass communication in those days, it just might be ill-informed.
www.historyhouse.com /in_history/electoral_college   (1390 words)

  
 Newsvine - Electoral vs. Popular Vote
A popular vote, while a true democratic method, is nearly impossible to run in a country with 50+ million voters without much more stringent accounting methods for votes, and again is unfavorable to 3rd party voters.
The "winner takes all" system of electoral college votes means that states such as New Mexico that were decided by fewer than 1,000 votes cannot split their ballots to reflect the split in the populace.
At the very least, states should allow their electoral votes to be split up among the presidential candidates instead of "winner-take-all." In Nebraska, two of its electoral votes go to whomever wins the popular vote state-wide.
questions.newsvine.com /_news/2007/01/29/542220-electoral-vs-popular-vote   (5807 words)

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