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January 5, 2008

Electoral College Must Go!

As we all know we don’t directly vote for the U.S. president or vice president. That duty goes to the electoral college, or the college of electors, as it is known in the Constitution. So hypothetically “candidate A” could receive 100% of the popular vote, but still lose the election.

Dear Mr. President and Congresspeople: Stop stalling… it’s time to abolish the electoral college! Amend Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution, and repeal the 12th Amendment. It is an outdated system that has worn out its welcome. In our modern times where transportation and telecommunications are so easily accessible, there is no need to have “electors” vote for us.

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  1. The major shortcoming of the current system of electing the President arises from the winner-take-all rule (currently used by 48 of 50 states) under which all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who gets the most votes in the state. If the partisan divide in a state is not initially closer than about 46%-54%, no amount of campaigning during a brief presidential campaign is realistically going to reverse the outcome in the state. As a result, presidential candidates have no reason to poll, visit, advertise, organize, campaign, or worry about the concerns in voters of states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind. Instead, candidates concentrate their attention on a handful of closely divided “battleground” states. As a result, 88% of the money and visits (and attention) is focused on just 9 states. Fully 99% of the money goes to just 16 states. More than two-thirds of the country is left out.

    Another shortcoming of the current system is that a candidate can win the Presidency without winning the most popular votes nationwide.

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC). The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill is enacted in a group of states possessing 270 or more electoral votes, all of the electoral votes from those states would be awarded, as a bloc, to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The National Popular Vote bill has 366 legislative sponsors in 47 states. It has been signed into law in Maryland. Since its introduction in February 2006, the bill has passed by 12 legislative houses (one house in Colorado, Arkansas, New Jersey, and North Carolina, and two houses in Maryland, Illinois, Hawaii, and California).

    See http://www.NationalPopularVote.com

    Comment by joreko — January 6, 2008 @ 7:25 am

  2. I was not aware of the National Popular Vote bill. It’s not perfect, but I like it! It’s a million times better than the current system.

    Comment by Joe De Luca — January 8, 2008 @ 11:06 pm


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