Swing States

The current presidential voting system in the United States of America is based solely on Electoral Votes from each state in the union.  While the electoral college claims that the popular vote drives who they delegate each vote to, the law allows them to divy up their electoral votes however they deem appropriate.  This means that if the majority of voters in one state choose the democratic candidate, the electoral college can override their decision and use their votes for the republican if they so please.

While the majority of the states are all but locked-in with who will receive their electoral votes prior to election day, there are always a handful who are undetermined and drive the election.  These states in which one candidate does not have overwhelming support in either direction are referred to as Swing States, or battleground states.  When election day rolls around in 2012, on November 6th, there are just 10 of 50 states that fall into the Swing State category, and will end up determining who will win the election.

If you live in a state that is already heavily leaning towards the democratic or republican party, there is very little chance that the electoral votes will be used for the other party, regardless of how you personally vote on November 7th.  Rather than fall prey to the current voting system and the electoral college, we suggestion you vote for the president in our online presidential poll.  If you do live in a swing state, you must read on.

If you live in one of the 10 swing states for the 2012 Presidential Election, then your vote may actually play a role in determining who will win the election.  We do still encourage you to participate by voting online for the president, but also suggest that you use your right as an american to vote for the president on election day at your local polling location.  Which states are considered swing states?  Check out the swing state map for the 2012 presidential election below:


Notice the yellow highlighted states – this marks the battleground states for the election this year.  If the swing state map doesn’t suit your fancy, you can look at a graph of which states will play a major role in the election, and the number of electoral votes coming from each here:

Are you undecided about who you should vote for in the 2012 presidential election?  If you are one of the lucky ones who lives in a swing state where your vote actually counts towards the election and deciding who will win, we highly suggest you do your research.  There are a lot of excellent resources out there that will help you decide who to vote for on election day.  Each candidate stands for specific important topics, such as abortion, foreign policy, same sex marriage, and medical marijuana.  We want to play a role in helping you decide who you should vote for this year, so come back and visit us for updates on the important topics, and more.  But Wait!

If you haven’t already, or even if you have – take 30 seconds to vote for the president online in this mock online presidential poll where you can vote for the president regardless of if you’re a student, convicted of a felony, or not even a citizen of the United States of America.  For a complete look at how the world would vote in the upcoming election, you can use our online voting system to see where the candidates currently stand in the eyes of the public!