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Candidate with most votes doesn't always win

Posted: Sunday, July 16, 2006

I read with interest Mr. Gregory Acres' tutorial on voting 101, "How the political process works," on June 28. In his tutorial, Mr. Acres states that the person "who wins the election" is the person the most individuals cast their vote for. I wonder if Mr. Acres was too young to vote in the presidential election of 2000, or maybe he is just too old to remember what happened six years ago. In the election in November 2000, Al Gore got the most votes; yet he did not win the presidency. George W. did not win the presidency with the most votes; he was appointed to that position by the actions of his brother, Jeb, and some members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Mr. Acres continued by stating, "This makes it easy for me to understand why Mr. Herbert might not see positive outcomes the same as the people who won." Is Mr. Acres implying that winners consider 25,000-plus dead U.S. service personnel, 19,000-plus grievously wounded young men and women, with missing legs, arms and eyes, plus thousands of dead Iraqi women and children, to be positive outcomes? If Mr. Acres does consider those results to be positive outcomes, then I can only ask God to have mercy on his worthless soul.

Relax, Mr. Herbert, even the U.S. Supreme Court can not make George W. president again.

Lowell Barrick

Juneau



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