How do you count the popular vote?

How do you count the popular vote? We’ve been hearing for months from the Hillary Clinton campaign that she is ahead in the popular vote. According to the blog 538, there are over 900 different ways to count the popular vote. All of them can be argued to be legitimately “correct.” He has included an excellent Excel table so that you can come up with your own permutations. Do you count Florida yes or no? If you count Florida to count them at 100% or 50%? The same with Michigan. With the added caveat of what do you do with the uncommitted votes — don’t tell them, count them for Obama or a portion according to the exit polls. Do you count Puerto Rico and other territories? Do you count the Texas Caucus? Do you count advisory primaries? Finally, do you use caucus vote estimates or do you blow off caucuses completely.

If you use caucus votes estimates, you ignore the Texas Caucus results much account Puerto Rico in the territories, exclude Michigan uncommitteds, exclude Michigan and count Florida at 100%, Barack Obama is up by more than 100,000 votes.


3 Responses

  1. Democracy has a basic premise: secret balloting.
    How is a caucus, where men (and yes, black men) can openly defy others in a group to aggressively back their choice…that’s what secrecy in voting was suppose to stop. What’s democratic about a “Super Delegate” who has to put his political future on the line by letting everyone know who he is voting for. How did these non-secret ballots become some crucial to the “democratic” process??

  2. Rod –

    This is the process that we have. Once you get in then change the system. I don’t think that Super Delegates should exist but they do. You can stand on the outside and blow raspberries. Or roll up your sleeves and jump in.

    BTW, if you go back and study history it is very easy to see how we got this system. Our forefathers didn’t imagine a system where everyone voted, only those with status. In the old days, you didn’t even declare that you wanted to run to for president others made the case for you.

    thanks for your comments.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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