Originally posted by Phlabibit
50% of 60% is 30%
In a close race, 32% of Americans elected the president.
I believe first time around with Bush Gore got the popular vote but lost the electorate.
That means less than 30% of the people elected Bush.
Just crunching some numbers, could be wrong?
Well, he said Americans not Americans which are eligible to vote. So technically, it is correct that more than 50% of the Americans don't vote.
People who vote/Total Americans = 122/300 = 40% (rough approx.). Since you have the electoral college, you could have less than 20% of Americans deciding on who your next president will be. Crazy, huh?
Edit - This is a general feature of democracies, though, I'm not saying that the US is different in any way.
Edit 2 - Apart from the electoral college part, of course.