Creating a Memory

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Creating a Memory

Unread postby Dusty » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:26 pm

Most of you are not from the US, and even many here in the States don't understand our Electoral College system.

Based loosely on the system of Electors for the Holy Roman Emperor (Queen Elizabeth is of the line of the Elector of Hanover), it was designed to balance the sovereignty of the people with that of the States. (We are supposed to be a federation of Sovereign States.)

Each Presidential Election cycle, 538 people are chose from each of the political parties to be Elector Candidates. The popular vote is really an election of a slate of Electors, who then actually get to vote for President and Vice President. The party who's Presidential Candidate wins that State's votes send their Electors to the state capitol on Dec 19 to cast their official votes.

Whatever you politics are, it's huge honor to be Elector. This Dec 19th, I was one of those, representing Missouri's 1st Congressional District. Since my wife had had a special calligraphy pen engraved for Elizabeth for Christmas, I took it with me and used it write out the ballot. So that she'll always have proof of that, I snapped a shot of the pen on the ballot. I just wish I would have had a macro lens with me, it's really poor technically!

She was very happy to get it Christmas morning, and almost as happy to know that it now has a place in history.

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Re: Creating a Memory

Unread postby the_hefay » Sat Dec 31, 2016 4:31 am

Wow! What an honor and a memory. Congratulations!
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Re: Creating a Memory

Unread postby Rhtubbs » Tue Jan 03, 2017 12:55 am

Now THAT is a cool photo!
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Re: Creating a Memory

Unread postby Dusty » Tue Jan 03, 2017 10:25 pm

Thanks, guys!

I hope to get some good shots at the Inaugural, as the Electors are invited (and, I understand, get good seats!), but there are so many restriction - no camera bags, etc, that it means one camera and one additional lens in a pocket.

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Re: Creating a Memory

Unread postby bakubo » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:31 am

Cool, Dusty!

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Re: Creating a Memory

Unread postby the_hefay » Wed Jan 04, 2017 2:09 pm

I look forward to seeing those shots. Enjoy the trip.
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Re: Creating a Memory

Unread postby pakodominguez » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:07 am

That's definitely an honor, Dusty.
Just one question, regardless which party you are registered/voted for, after all the controversy we had to endure in the past months, did you hesitated?
BTW, I become an USA citizen right in time for the elections.

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Re: Creating a Memory

Unread postby sury » Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:26 pm

Wow. Now I know an Electoral college member by first name.

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Re: Creating a Memory

Unread postby Dusty » Mon Jan 09, 2017 11:43 pm

Pako, Welcome to US citizenship!

No, I didn't hesitate. I supported Ted Cruz in the primary, and have some reservation on Mr. Trump, but, from my perspective, Hillary was totally unacceptable. We are just 180 on too many issues, and the people of my state, knowing all that everyone knew prior to the election, were 60/40 for Trump.

Sury, that and $6.25 will get you a small latte and an overpriced coffee shop!

PDFs from the National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/federal-regist ... ssouri.pdf

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