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We vote for clarity
Sunday, November 11, 2012
By HOLLY KOZELSKY - Bulletin Accent Editor
A woman called the Bulletin Wednesday morning and launched into a commentary on the election process.
She sounded flabbergasted. “After all those months and months of seeing nothing but Obama and Romney,” she said. “All those debates. All those ads. ‘Every vote counts.’ People are lined up all over to vote. They spent almost 3 billion dollars on political advertisements,” she said.
“Oh, I know exactly where you’re going —” I interjected with a chuckle.
“They make a big deal out of how every vote supposedly counts. Then it’s the Electoral College that decides it!” she exclaimed.
Precisely. My stepfather and I had the exact same conversation the night before while listening to the results come rolling in.
“It doesn’t make sense,” she continued.
“Someone should write an article about that,” the caller challenged. “You should write about that. People should realize.”
“You’re right,” I told her, chuckling along with her. “I should write about that. Thing is, I don’t think I understand it well enough. I’d just sound silly.”
So here’s part of what the government says about it on Federal Register’s U.S. Electoral College website: “The founding fathers established it (the Electoral College) in the Constitution as a compromise between election of the president by a vote in Congress and election of the president by a popular vote of qualified citizens.
“Each candidate running for president in your state has his or her own group of electors. The electors are generally chosen by the candidate’s political party.
“You help choose your state’s electors when you vote for president because when you vote for your candidate you are actually voting for your candidate’s electors.”
After reading through the whole thing, I understand it, kind of like I did when the teacher explained it in civics class. It just gets a little foggy when I’m out of the learning process and in the midst of the actual process.
This goes back to those things we understand when they are explained to us, but don’t make much sense when you try to analyze them on your own.
For example, the worst time in the world to analyze how an airplane flies is right when you’re up there in the sky. You can wrack your brain to try to figure out how something so heavy stays up there ... but it’s better just to try to forget it as you read your book.
Then again there’s the mystery of how cell phones and wireless internet work. How can those signals just be flying around in the air all around us? Why do we not feel them? How do they land straight in our phones? How can it be everything at once?
So, if I can figure it out, I’ll write an article about it.
It makes sense after reading about it. However, by the time the next election rolls around, I’ll probably have forgotten altogether.
Then, on the night of elections, my stepdad and I can repeat our same conversation.