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Who are the delegates and what do they do?

Asked by bluemukaki (4327points) January 31st, 2008

American elections confuse the hell out of me….

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GD_Kimble's avatar

I was going to get into a terribly long-winded explanation of the party conventions and electoral college, and decided this would be easier.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Electoral_College

GD_Kimble's avatar

the delegates work essentially the same way but only in the political party’s convention in which each state’s delegates (read: spokespeople for the party members of that state) nominate their choice of candidate to represent the party in the national election… even though these days it’s just a formality as the candidate has been decided long before the conventions.

Charlie's avatar

Kimble has stated something very true but the fact is that WE do not elect anyone. The actual people that do all the electing is the Electorial College. They usually go along with the (HA!) peoples vote but there was once that they elected a president that didn’t have the peoples votes. The whole thing is a mess and has very little to do with US voteing. Check out a book called “VOTE SCAM” and you will see what I mean.

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