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Four more challenging years for Barack Obama

  • Heru Prama Yuda

Washington D.C.   /   Thu, November 8 2012   /  07:41 am

Besides the undisputed media projection that Barack Obama will be reelected as President of the United States for four more years, the US has been showing a constant division in its political map since the 2000 Presidential Election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, and one of the debated proposals is whether to reconsider the current electoral college system.

Different from other democratic countries, the US has this curtain that separates direct presidential election as a national event and the decision of who wins the election. This system delegates the election results in the US’s 50 states into a number of electors called the electoral college that represents the states proportionate to their respective population. Whether a candidate wins 50+1 percent of the popular vote or 99 percent, he or she will acquire the electoral colleges of the states.

Based on this elec...