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Tuesday, 31 August 2004

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WASHINGTON. All 538 electors of the U.S. Electoral College unanimously vetoed a permanent recess of the U.S. Electoral College and ban on all Electoral College methods of carrying out national elections today. Earlier this month the landslide referendum on ending the system led to support for a bill in Congress. The executive branch then subsequently signed that bill. The Electoral College's actions taken to undo the ban come as a major setback to thousands of politicians and millions of citizens who campaigned in favor of a ban.

The unprecedented move by the Electoral College has already puzzled many experts. The Supreme Court allegedly granted the powers assumed by the electors during a secret meeting in a wooded area somewhere in Maryland.

The U.S. Electoral College is a political decision-making body that casts the final votes in Presidential elections, and is the method by which the President of the United States is chosen. Three times in United States history the Electoral College has ruled contrary to popular decision in Presidential elections. Today marks the first time the Electoral College has ruled contrary to a popular referendum to end the Electoral College.

Detractors of the college feel that the system, and today's decision by the Electoral College, is undemocratic. Detractors purportedly include up to 75% of the United States population.

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