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Overall popular vote by eligible voters to 2000 and 2004 elections.
Overall popular vote by eligible voters to 2000 and 2004 elections.  

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The 2008 Election Popular vs. Electoral
Published Friday, November 7th, 2008

The numbers for the 2008 popular vote keeps updating periodically for each candidate. Preliminary numbers for all precincts have not been reported and certified numbers by their respective Secretary of State will not come out till next fall. Therefore, we can only say approximately 65 Million voted for Barack Obama and 57 million voted for John McCain, not a landslide but a clear winner at least. There will be no contest between the popular vote and the electoral college.

This bucks the trend from the previous elections with 2000 results of 50.996 Million for the loser and 50.465 for the winner. 2004 saw some pull away from the 50-50 division with 61.873 million to 58.895 million. This only points to the enormous power of the Electoral College which played the deciding roll in the 2000 election when the Supreme Court decided in Bush’s favor regarding the vote In Florida. That decision gave Florida’s 25 electoral votes to Bush making him the President-elect without winning the overall popular vote. Electoral College critics point out the elections of 1824, 1876, and 1888 in their arguments to prove the system doesn’t work as these elections went the same way as the 2000 election results. But this time the 2008 election worked out the way it was supposed to when Obama gained 364 electoral votes to McCain’s 163.

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Problem of Defining Voter Fraud
Published Monday, November 3rd, 2008

In recent weeks ACORN, has been accused of voter fraud in the sense that they have been caught with a few thousand extraneous voter registrations. But is this the worst America has seen? Is it poised to rip American Democracy asunder?

There have been numerous and more scandalous types of voter fraud in America such as ballot stuffing, multiple voting, the purchase of votes, counterfeit votes, discarded ballots, voter intimidation, the dead voting and bloody murder. History is rife with stories of voter fraud in the U.S. from colonial to present day. For example, George Washington won his seat in the Virginia House of Burgesses in 1758 by spending 40 pounds (a fortune at the time) on booze for his neighbors. Quirky as it may be, fraud is fraud.

The problem of reporting voter crime in all its forms is the difficulty in trying to define what voter fraud actually entails. By not being able to define the crime or types of crimes there is no real raw data to map the problem or even start to find solutions. As our elections have been comming down to mere hundreds and sometimes a few thousand in swing states, as in the 2000 and 2004 elections, voter crime becomes a real fear.

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