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My Vote Counts More Than Yours

In presidential elections, not all votes are equal. Wait. What? But, this is a democracy — one person, one vote, right? No.

Two hundred years ago, the founders designed a presidential voting system that gave rural farmers and ranchers in states with low population more voting power than people in urban areas. Among other things, the Electoral College was designed to try to avoid a tyranny of densely populated urban areas over other, less populous, areas of the country. It worked okay through the 1800s and most of the 1900s. But, the founders never imagined an organized, scientific effort to take advantage of the voting power imbalance in order to seize power.

So, exactly what are the numbers? The power of a voter in Wyoming is almost four times that of a person living in Texas. Whether this is fair and appropriate is for you to decide. See below for how much your vote counts.

Presidential Voting Power in Each State

 

A New History Blog!

Relatively new on the Shuttersparks blog are the “On This Day” posts about important historical events in science and engineering. I started these here on my main blog but I see that these posts are going to drown out everything else. So, I’ve created a new blog just for these historical posts here: https://today.shuttersparks.net/

September 30th in Science and Engineering

This post has been moved to: https://today.shuttersparks.net/2019/09/30/september-30th-in-science-and-engineering/

September 29th in Science and Engineering

This post has been moved to: https://today.shuttersparks.net/2019/09/29/september-29th-in-science-and-engineering/

September 27th in Science and Engineering

This post has been moved to: https://today.shuttersparks.net/2019/09/27/september-27th-in-science-and-engineering/

September 25th in Science and Engineering

This post has been moved to: https://today.shuttersparks.net/2019/09/25/september-25th-in-science-and-engineering/

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