Is the Electoral College Absurd ??

24 09 2008
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My vote is overwhelmingly – Yes – it’s absurd !!! In this day of electronic and computer based control system there is absolutely no need for an electoral college.  It was invented to control a common problem 250 years ago where mobs were encouraged to vote for a particular candidate by getting free food and drinks. I think there should be one vote per person and that’s it. Lets go to a pure Democracy because our computers can certainly handle it.

The worst part of having an Absurd system like the Electoral College is sometimes the popularly elected winner in the Presidential race is NOT elected.This has happened 3 times in history:1876, 188 (who cares right?) and 2000 when George W. Bush beat Al Gore by 5 electoral college votes and LOST to popular vote.

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6 responses

24 09 2008
Scott B. Smith

I agree with the articles main premise. We frequently describe the United States as a Democracy but that would require the President to be elected by the popular vote. Lets do it.

24 09 2008
susan

The major shortcoming of the current system of electing the President is that presidential candidates concentrate their attention on a handful of closely divided “battleground” states. In 2004 two-thirds of the visits and money were focused in just six states; 88% on 9 states, and 99% of the money went to just 16 states. Two-thirds of the states and people were merely spectators to the presidential election. Candidates have no reason to poll, visit, advertise, organize, campaign, or worry about the voter concerns in states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind. The reason for this is the winner-take-all rule under which all of a state’s electoral votes are awarded to the candidate who gets the most votes in each separate state.

Another shortcoming of the current system is that a candidate can win the Presidency without winning the most popular votes nationwide. This has occurred in one of every 14 presidential elections.

In the past six decades, there have been six presidential elections in which a shift of a relatively small number of votes in one or two states would have elected (and, of course, in 2000, did elect) a presidential candidate who lost the popular vote 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).

Every vote would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

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 comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

The National Popular Vote bill has passed 21 state legislative chambers, including one house in Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, and Washington, and both houses in California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The bill has been enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. These four states possess 50 electoral votes — 19% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.

See http://www.NationalPopularVote.com

24 09 2008
Chris

States are changing the system into a popular vote where every vote is equal and every vote actually counts. Take a look: http://www.NationalPopularVote.com.

2 10 2008
luminaria

So true I can’t stand it. One more issue to add to the jillions we the people need to overturn, because obviously the kindergartners in power aren’t gonna get it done, since it serves them so well.

6 10 2008
CD Junior

Thanks SUSAN !!! I put a sidebar link to http://www.NationalPopularVote.com on one of my blogs already and I am going to put it on several more. Thank YOU !!!

10 12 2008
marc with the defense attorneys in atlanta

i personally think they are useful at times

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