In the New Hampshire caucus Bernie Sanders received way more votes than Hilary Clinton, but Hilary ended up getting the majority of the delegates. In Wyoming, Bernie also did much better that Hillary, but they both received seven delegates. At the caucus I attended on March 26 at the East Olympia Elementary school, the precinct table I sat at had 20 eligible voters, 13 of which voted for Bernie and seven who voted for Hillary, yet because of the way they multiplied the votes by the number of delegates assigned to our table, two, and then rounded the result to the nearest whole number, Bernie; who was only one vote short of having twice as many votes at Hillary ended with one delegate, as did Hilary.
Since every precinct table was instructed to use this procedure, the results of this mathematical process was very different than if the total number of votes for all of the precincts for each candidate had been added up and then rounded to the nearest whole number.
While Bernie won this caucus by a huge margin, Hillary received more delegates than she should have because of the way the votes were calculated, and if this practice is going on all over our nation, it helps explain why, even though Bernie has been winning caucuses by large majorities, Hillary is getting more delegates than she should.
I think both the state and federal elections commissioners need to look into this inaccurate and unfair vote counting procedure and take steps to insure that each candidate received credit for the actual number of votes they receive.
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James Packard, Olympia