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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Get Elected Preseident - Dummies style

As promised we continue our Dummies series on running for office (Tuesday was preparing to run - don't forget the personal assessment, Yesterday was running for office and today the 5 easy steps to become POTUS)...apologies for those of you that don't see the humor in the fact that ehow actually has dummy style simplistic answers to running for a public office and that people would actually ask in the first place since.... I find this hysterical

How to Get Elected President of the U.S. By Joseph Nicholson
1. Step 1
Be born in the United States. While James Garfield and Barack Obama were swept into office amid rumors about their citizenship, there's no getting around the requirement of being a "natural-born citizen" of the U.S., since this is one of only two requirements of the president set forth in the Constitution.
2. Step 2
Make it to 30. The other Constitutional requirement is that a candidate for president must be at least 30 years of age. This gives a potential president time to mature, to understand the ways of the world and to build a name for himself in politics.
3. Step 3
Get yourself onto the national stage. While, technically, anyone who meets the previous two criteria can run, tradition usually prevents anyone without at least some experience in government at the national level from making a serious presidential bid. This can mean a position in the U.S. Congress, work in a presidential administration or the governorship of a state. Even special-interest candidates who run without these qualifications are usually nationally recognized spokespersons for their cause(s).
4. Step 4
Get on the ballot. Most presidents do so by winning the nomination of one of the two major parties . This means competing in a series of primaries and caucuses against other worthy candidates. It can be very challenging to get on the ballots of most states without a major party's nomination, but it certainly is possible. Some established but lesser-known parties are qualified to have their nominees automatically appear on the ballot. Otherwise, it becomes a matter of gathering thousands and thousands of signatures in each state.
5. Step 5
Win the electoral college. It's not the popular vote that decides the president, but the electoral college. Each state has a pre-established number of electoral votes, which allows a candidate to devise a strategy for spending her time productively. Winning is a matter of attaining a simple majority. Failing a victory in the electoral college, voting irregularities have been known to put individual state elections in the hands of the courts, which are then more or less free to chose the winner as they please.
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Anonymous said...

By 2012 The National Popular Vote bill could guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes--that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

The Constitution gives every state the power to allocate its electoral votes for president, as well as to change state law on how those votes are awarded.

The bill is currently endorsed by over 1,659 state legislators (in 48 states) who have sponsored and/or cast recorded votes in favor of the bill.

In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). The recent Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University poll shows 72% support for direct nationwide election of the President. This national result is similar to recent polls in closely divided battleground states: Colorado-- 68%, Iowa --75%, Michigan-- 73%, Missouri-- 70%, New Hampshire-- 69%, Nevada-- 72%, New Mexico-- 76%, North Carolina-- 74%, Ohio-- 70%, Pennsylvania -- 78%, Virginia -- 74%, and Wisconsin -- 71%; in smaller states (3 to 5 electoral votes): Delaware --75%, Maine -- 77%, Nebraska -- 74%, New Hampshire --69%, Nevada -- 72%, New Mexico -- 76%, Rhode Island -- 74%, and Vermont -- 75%; in Southern and border states: Arkansas --80%, Kentucky -- 80%, Mississippi --77%, Missouri -- 70%, North Carolina -- 74%, and Virginia -- 74%; and in other states polled: California -- 70%, Connecticut -- 74% , Massachusetts -- 73%, New York -- 79%, and Washington -- 77%.

The National Popular Vote bill has passed 29 state legislative chambers, in 19 small, medium-small, medium, and large states, including one house in Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon, and both houses in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The bill has been enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington. These five states possess 61 electoral votes -- 23% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.