Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Then there was the educated Texan from Texas who looked like someone in Technicolor and felt, patriotically, that people of means--decent folk--should be given more votes than drifters, whores, criminals, degenerates, atheists and indecent folk--people without means. The Texan, a character in Catch-22, was probably a Republican.
But he does raise the question of whose vote counts the most. The New York Daily News reports that 46,000 New Yorkers--all wealthy enough to own two homes--are registered to vote in both New York and Florida. It's impossible to know for sure how many voters have taken advantage of this situation. "But the News found that between 400 and 1,000 registered voters have voted twice in at least one election. In the 2000 presidential race, a margin of 537 votes tipped the victory to George W. Bush." But the double voters didn't necessarily help Bush. "Of the 46,000 registered in both states, 68 percent are Democrats, 12 percent are Republicans and 16 percent didn't claim a party."
Actually, though, 46,00 people with two votes is peanuts. Voting twice isn't even legal, and most double registered people don't do it. But it IS legal for the electoral college to count votes in sparsely populated states much more heavily than votes in densely populated states. One electoral vote in Wyoming represents 71,000 voters. One electoral vote in Florida represents 238,000 voters. So a Wyoming voter has more than three times as much clout as a Florida voter. Damn the electoral college.

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