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News ::
13 Nov 2000


TIME: 7:00 P.M.
PLACE: Curry Student Center, Rm. 433
Northeastern University
The recent presidential elections have sparked huge
controversy. While Al Gore certainly got more votes
for president than George W. Bush did, the "electoral
college" system makes it possible for the candidate
with less votes to become president. Add to this the
fact that this election was full of errors and
corruption (the Florida ballot comes to mind), and the
U.S. process doesn't look so free and democratic afterall.
However, this "electoral college" system is more than
just undemocratic; it has a long and dirty history. It
was first used to get states which kept blacks
enslaved to join the United States, and years later
was the linchpin in setting up the racist system of
Jim Crow laws in the South. So what should be done
about this ridiculous situation? Come to this
discussion on Thursday and speak your mind!
DIRECTIONS: Take the E-train on the Green Line to the
Northeastern stop. Coming from Park Street, when you
get off the train, make a right and walk back to the
place where you can turn right and cross the tracks.
Then go across the street onto the campus. Follow
straight and to the right until you reach the Curry
Center. Take the elevator to the 4th floor, and room433 is right there.
For help with directions, call Geoff at (617) 448-0083
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read the constitution
15 Nov 2000
In my understanding, the electoral college was formed in order to give smaller states a real say in elections. If a popular vote was to nominate the prezz, candidates would only campaighn in metropolitan areas... thus overriding the will of the smaller states.
On another note, it would take something like 36 states to ratify an amendment to the constitution, that is highly unlikely to happen in this case because most states would be cutting their feet off and bend to the wishes of the metropolitan areas.
Further more, in 1996, a precedent was set in florida stating that the butterfly ballot in palm springs county was legal, and it was the voterrs responsibility to ensure they voted properly, and the fact that no one made a big deal about that ballot in the last election.
And an interesting little tidbit sure to inspire millions...
On election night al gore conceded the race for president.
In any other type of race, quiting means you quit.