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The German system gives disproportionate power to a few states whose vote is absolutely predictable.

No it doesn't. And I have no idea why you think it does.

And then, the fact is, if Germany had an electoral college - and please don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it should adopt one, see below - Schroeder would have crushed Merkel tonight. Now do you consider that a bad outcome? Just asking

Yes, I would absolutely consider that a bad outcome. Very bad! I have this quaint idea that in a democracy you should not be able to 'crush' an opponent who gets more votes than you do.  

As to the EC in America, the main problem I have is with the winner takes all rule, not the minor distortions in the number of electoral votes.

by MarekNYC on Mon Sep 19th, 2005 at 03:01:27 AM EST
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