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Primary vote
Not "the big one." For you non-Americans, each state has a Primary election. This establishes which candidate each state prefers as the nominee at the party's convention this summer. This time, most likely Biden as Democrat and Trump as Republican. (The State Primary also elects people for local positions like County Commissioners, Judges of the Circuit Court, State Legislators, State Treasurer, etc.)

Maybe other countries have this Primary system. If so, that's probably the only thing you have in common with our ridiculously long and complicated one. Our TV campaign ads are the WORST. Right now the Oregon Republicans are running non-stop ads regarding their thoughts about gun control (too restrictive!), stopping immigration from Mexico, supporting you-know-who no matter what he does, and fear-mongering about Sen. Nancy Pelosi. I have to listen to these because I'm in a hugely Republican (though sparsely populated) part of Oregon, but I'm getting better at tuning them out. Mind you, Democrat's ads aren't great to listen to, either, but I don't want to throw bottles at the TV.

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 polytropos
polytropos club
Oh, is this already for the elections in November? :-)
18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to polytropos club
Yes, but only to determine which candidate each state prefers. Then the conventions to establish the nominee for each party, then the election, then the electoral college... it goes on and on and on...
18 months ago.
polytropos club
has replied to Diane Putnam club
It sounds like a attrition tactic. ;-)
18 months ago. Edited 18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to polytropos club
You mean the ads?
18 months ago.
polytropos club
has replied to Diane Putnam club
No, I mean the path of the entire election process you have described :)
18 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
That’s really interesting, Diane ! Thanks for explaining !
18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Ulrich John club
I'm glad you find it interesting - haha! Thanks, Ulrich.
18 months ago.
 Jean-luc Drouin
Jean-luc Drouin club
j'ai longuement étudié le système électoral des Etats-Unis ; c'est vrai que le système est alambiqué. Un président qui n'a pas la majorité des suffrages peut être élu. Ca manque de logique pour un européen comme moi.
18 months ago.
 Léopold
Léopold club
Thanks for the information Diane. This is similar in Canada and Quebec too. The proportional vote has been part of electoral promises in Quebec for many decades. Political promises are like drunk's promises anyways. I recall how Bush won in Florida with its legal but very illegitimate way he did it. He had found a way to prevent black people to vote by not allowing any person with fines to pay to vote. Even parking fines.......
18 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
The way it works here is that the candidates are selected by the party itself, so thankfully we're spared that much. Voting in the election is compulsory though (one of the few countries that applies) and the vote is by preferences - ie, if there are candidates for parties A,B,C,D then you number them in your preferred sequence. When votes are counted, if there is no majority (50%+1) then the candidate with the lowest vote is eliminated and that person's votes are allocated according to the preferences of each. This goes on until a majority is achieved. Either way, the political adverts are irritating beyond belief regardless!
18 months ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
good luck ;-))
18 months ago.
 Sylvain Wiart
Sylvain Wiart
between two evils you must choose the lesser :-))
18 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
PL EASE BEAR IN MIND SOME STATES TOTALLY DISENFRANCHISE PEOPLE AS FAR AS PRIMARYS ARE CONCERNED. AND THAT ON AMERICA YOU ARE FORCED TO DECLARE WHO YOU VOTE FOR WHEN YOU REGISTER TO VOTE

BOTH THINGS ILLEGAL IN MOST OF THE WORLD.
18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Pam J club
MAYBE IN SOME SOUTHERN STATES THEY ARE "FORCED TO DECLARE WHO YOU VOTE

FOR WHEN YOU REGISTER TO VOTE" BUT I'VE NEVER HEARD OF THAT. BUT, I KNOW

THERE IS 'VOTER SUPPRESSION' IN REPUBLICAN STATES, SUCH AS GEORGIA AND

FLORIDA. EVIL.
18 months ago.
polytropos club
has replied to Diane Putnam club
Really!? In the USA I wouldn't have thought so!
18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to polytropos club
The current gov't is the most corrupt we have ever had. Like a mafia.
18 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
vote well:)
18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Annemarie club
I did! ;-)
18 months ago.
 Gudrun
Gudrun club
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the worst doesn't happen in November but I'm afraid for you...
18 months ago.
polytropos club
has replied to Gudrun club
The only little positive thing about Trump being re-elected in november would be that he would have to face his own disaster for the next four years and could not leave it to a successor. But well, it's a very small consolation....
18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Gudrun club
Thank you, Gudrun, I need your crossed fingers!
18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to polytropos club
I've thought about that, too! But, I prefer that Biden handle the mess. Ha!
18 months ago.
polytropos club
has replied to Diane Putnam club
It would be the lesser of two evils for all concerned ;-)
18 months ago.
 kiiti
kiiti club
I didn't go to the election for the first time because I was afraid of the closed doors of the polling station.
Wuhan virus is horrible..
18 months ago. Edited 18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to kiiti club
I completely understand, Kiiti! We will have mail-in ballots, but a few states are not prepared for that. I don't think they care!
18 months ago.
 Blue rubber octopus
Blue rubber octopus club
I get my news on the internet, and run an ad-blocker. I avoid clicking on partisan bullshit, and I have successfully avoided seeing a single campaign ad. Which is good, because what is going on in this country right now makes my head want to pop.
18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Blue rubber octopus club
Ka-BOOM! The sound of a brain popping.
18 months ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
I think I'd rather be going to the dump (refuse sites) and throwing TVs at the bottles!
(Actually that sounds like fun!)
18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to Andy Rodker club
It really does, doesn't it? ;-b
18 months ago.
 L. L. Wall
L. L. Wall club
... ah, The Electoral College ... angst for all involved ...
18 months ago.
Diane Putnam club
has replied to L. L. Wall club
Isn't that the truth?!
18 months ago.

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