Monday, November 3, 2008

The final word from the Global Electoral College

If you haven't been following The Economist's Global Electoral College project, it's definitely worth a few minutes to check it out.

The basic idea is that The Economist has taken the idea of the Electoral College and expanded it to a global scale, giving countries a number of electors relative to their population. People from around the world can then log in to the Vote2008 site and cast their vote, with the winner in each country getting that nation's global electoral college votes.

As of Monday evening the world chooses Barack Obama in a landslide. Actually "landslide" is probably an understatement...

Of the countries where The Economist received enough votes to register a preference, Obama won them all except for Algeria, Iraq and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Myanmar is still a toss-up. Early leads McCain had in Georgia and Macedonia (the two countries where he was winning) have evaporated.

We'll see tomorrow how the vote goes for the real Electoral College.
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