Saturday, October 09, 2004

Electoral college and the back door popular vote

There is great popular support for the removal of the electoral college system. Although we all know this would require a series of constitutional fixes that are politically impossible, there is a back door solution that might lead to constitutional change in the long run.

On Nov. 2, Colerado will vote to adopt a system where the allotment of electors is based on the statewide popular vote instead of the "winner take all" format favored by most states. Maine and Nebraska are the only other states using such a system, and Maine's uses congresional districts rather than the straight popular vote. However, the net effect of all states adopting the Colorado option would be roughly the same as a straight national popular vote system and could be accomplished without rewriting the Constitution's most untouchable sections. If a generation became used to this semi-popular vote system we might find the strong public support needed to ammend the Constitution and get rid of this "swing-state-only" mentality that warps our most important ellections. Wouldn't it be great if New England's wants and needs were just as important as Florida's?

3 Thoughts:

Blogger Doug said...

serious response: Yes, this would be a great improvement.

joking response: Of course, Andrew would be the expert on backdoor voting.

Sunday, October 10, 2004 11:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear his delegate swings both ways, heh heh

Sunday, October 10, 2004 11:56:00 AM  
Blogger mecki said...

My only worry is that this would help make the small (mainly red) states EVEN MORE important.

Monday, October 11, 2004 11:45:00 AM  

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