I can explain this, but your eyes will glaze over.
Let me get you a link.
Although the majority of Americans want to get rid of this system which is rooted in our past and our forefather's fear of unbridled democracy preferring instead a republican form of government, there are strong interests who want the system to continue. These are mainly the states with a large number of electoral votes because they get a lot of power, and also the national parties who are always afraid change will hurt them and favor the other party. We've had a few presidents who were minority presidents. The problem is that it discourages voter turn out. For instance it makes no difference how I vote. My state will be Republican no matter what I or my neighbors do. We are a small enclave of democrats in this state.
But this comes to show that definitively this system makes absolutely no sense! 1 person, 1 vote, should mean the same whether it was in California or in West Virginia!! It's like saying California should have a bigger say in how the country is governed.
Am I bothering you with this? I don't want to.
But like that, you just told me you're a democrat. Do people make a big secrecy out of it, or on the other hand? Because here in Portugal most of the times, you do not openly support a certain party, you just vote according to the exact same person who is running. I know my mother has voted for 3 different parties from extreme right to middle left!
I know we have had this discussion before
, but american politics are just so strange and facsinating at the same time.