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Electoral College vs. National Popular Vote

By April 25, 2008

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Back in Feb. 2007, supporters of the National Popular Vote initiative – a state-based legislative initiative which would allow the states to essentially "bypass" the Electoral College System – hoped to have won the support of enough states to have their plan in effect for the 2008 presidential election. While that’s not going to happen, until at least 2012, the move has gained momentum.

In rare presidential election years, like 2000, when the winner of the popular vote (Al Gore) ends up the loser, the Electoral College system comes under the heaviest fire.

However, in every presidential election, one problem with the Electoral College emerges: once the major candidates decide that certain states are "locked up" on their side, they tend to ignore those states and spend all their time campaigning in – and catering to – voters in the remaining small number of undecided or "battleground" states. This trend is likely to be repeated in the 2008 campaign, as political analysts consider only about 19 states to remain undecided between the eventual Democratic or Republican candidates.

Also See:
The Electoral College System
How to Lose But Win an Election
Electoral College Not the Founders' First Choice
Why Keep the Electoral College?

Comments

March 9, 2012 at 10:04 am
(1) G. Lopez says:

The current administration is doing a great job at dividing the people
after all that is one of the main tactics of class warfare fortunately the silent majority that is not subject to government giveaways and cannot be wowed by smoke and mirror statistics and total media backing will be heard in the coming elections and this will be a clear and loud message to radicals of both parties
It is embarrassing to see how the media has lost its objectivity and has fallen to the depths of buy and sell to the highest bidder

May 20, 2012 at 11:20 pm
(2) Larry says:

How are you going to do this without violating the Constitution which calls for the electorial college?

May 20, 2012 at 11:24 pm
(3) Larry says:

The reason our forefathers used the electorial college is because they did not believe that the average person knew enough about politics to make a sound decision.

September 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm
(4) LWells says:

I live in a state where all the delegates go to one party. I think the electoral college should be abolished and the election decided by popular vote.

October 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm
(5) Doodman says:

Way back when, oh 200 years ago our forefathers who thought out our constitution were sadly blinded yet equally smart in how they worded things. Now 200 years later and the world a completely different place we need to continue the tradition of democracy. You are a citizen, you vote on election day, your vote can be one of millions that makes the difference. The electoral college system might have worked great back in the day but this is the 21st century. Implement voter ID laws if needed but we have no real democracy if every vote does not count, literally.

October 15, 2012 at 2:36 pm
(6) GARY says:

I THINK THAT THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE BE ABOLISH. IT IS OUT DATED.. LET THE POPULAR VOTE DO THE JOB.

October 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm
(7) John Huston says:

It is clear the electorial college should be revoked. To day with all the media and various interactive communication the popular vote is the only way to elect a President & Vice President. This does require valid identification of voters such as photo ID’s. It is clear that form 1960 to current time numerous elections have been decided against the popular vote. If ever the arguement that a single vote does not count, it is proven true with the electorial college in place.

November 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm
(8) A. Pagano says:

I believe the electoral college does NOT always fairly represent what the people of the state may want. No other election in the Country uses the electoral college – why the presidency? Folks say having the popular vote would stop candidates from campaigning in smaller states but isn’t that what happens now? Romney & Obama are spending tons of money in the ‘battleground’ states of Ohio, Pennsylvania etc.

November 6, 2012 at 7:27 am
(9) C. Rock says:

If the Electoral College was established because it was then felt the average man knew not enough about politics and government to vote appropriately, then why have a free vote at all. I think in all ways, it goes against the free vote itself. There may have been some reason for it which has been lost to our understanding but today I believe all voters are educated enough and experienced enough to vote intelligently. It needs to be written out.

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