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    Each of the voters in the city and the cow town DOES have the same clout.  Because, that cow town and that city each lie in a  congressional district that has approximately 700,000 people in it (some of the city would be in more than one congressional district).

    That's what burns my ass about it. Here in Virginia, a voter in Warm Springs (population about 5,000) has as much clout as a voter in Virginia Beach (population 440,000). One person, one vote.

    In the 4 congressional districts that voted for Obama, the vote averaged about 65 - 35 for Obama. In the 9 that voted for Romney, the vote averaged about 55 - 45 for Romney.

    This is the race for president - why should it matter specifically where in the state you live as regards how your vote counts? Why should we tie the presidency to the House of Representatives - it's a gross violation of checks and balances to always have the the same party control the presidency and the House.

    Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear. ~William E. Gladstone, 1866

    by absdoggy on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 07:31:37 AM PST

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      I probably could have worded that first panel better. The ultimate effect is that the cow town inhabitants' votes count more in the end, as Bouie writes:

      In addition to disenfranchising voters in dense areas, this would end the principle of “one person, one vote.” If Ohio operated under this scheme, for example, Obama would have received just 22 percent of the electoral votes, despite winning 52 percent of the popular vote in the state.

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