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lorkisstrader | Honors

Posted March 15, 2012 at 2:20 AM via web

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Propose an alternative solution to the current Electoral College.  Why do you think it would work better or be more democratic?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 15, 2012 at 2:32 AM (Answer #1)

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The best alteration to the current system that I have heard of is one that would make the general election more like the primaries are in many states.  That is, the electoral votes would not simply be awarded by state. Instead, they would be awarded by congressional district.  The person who won each congressional district would get that district's one electoral vote.  Whoever won the state would get the two votes that go with the state's Senators.

If this reform were taken, more people would feel like they have a stake in the vote.  People in a Republican district in a heavily Democratic state would feel like their votes count.  The same would hold for Democratic enclaves in solidly Republican states.  This would most likely also reduce the unfairness of having one candidate getting all the electoral votes in the state even though the two candidates got almost the same number of votes.

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mvymvy | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 19, 2012 at 3:31 AM (Answer #2)

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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, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps. There would no longer be a handful of 'battleground' states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in more than 3/4ths of the states that now are just 'spectators' and ignored.

When the bill is enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls in closely divided Battleground states: CO – 68%, FL – 78%, IA 75%, MI – 73%, MO – 70%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM– 76%, NC – 74%, OH – 70%, PA – 78%, VA – 74%, and WI – 71%; in Small states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK – 70%, DC – 76%, DE – 75%, ID – 77%, ME – 77%, MT – 72%, NE 74%, NH – 69%, NV – 72%, NM – 76%, OK – 81%, RI – 74%, SD – 71%, UT – 70%, VT – 75%, WV – 81%, and WY – 69%; in Southern and Border states: AR – 80%,, KY- 80%, MS – 77%, MO – 70%, NC – 74%, OK – 81%, SC – 71%, TN – 83%, VA – 74%, and WV – 81%; and in other states polled: CA – 70%, CT – 74%, MA – 73%, MN – 75%, NY – 79%, OR – 76%, and WA – 77%. Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions possessing 132 electoral votes - 49% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.

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