Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Winning the vote

AP news:
Maryland officially became the first state on Tuesday to approve a plan to give its electoral votes for president to the winner of the national popular vote instead of the candidate chosen by state voters.
A statistician striving for terminologically correctness attacks another aspect of this story, but I think that he jumped on the wrong phrase. The error in the article is saying that new plan is to award electoral votes to "the winner of the national popular vote". In fact, the plan is to give the electoral votes to the winner of a plurality of the national popular vote. When we say that the President has to win the electoral vote, that means that he has to win a majority of the electoral vote.

1 comment:

MacDuff said...

And you Americans think that cricket is a complicated game.