THIS is what's wrong with elections
I like maps, and so I read the Strange Maps blog. There's an entry about how the US presidential election works that you should read. OK, if you're an American you probably know most of what it says, so here's the best bit:
From the footnotes: "the Rasmussen list of 11 swing states excludes New Mexico and includes Michigan."
So, as with UK elections, most people's votes are almost completely pointless, but a minority get to choose who's in charge.