Thursday, November 11, 2004

Thoughts on the Electoral College

Well, they aren't my thoughts exactly, but they are points and arguments to consider.

The country takes a hard look at the Electoral College every four years and there is a lot of fussing and fuming, but I don't think anything will change until we have two or three or maybe even four elections in a row that are screwy and unpredictable and unpleasant.

Now some would say that we have already had two in a row that were at least unpleasant, but let's wait a bit before we condemn everything, shall we.

On to the point: Slate.com has posted five articles on the Electoral College. I haven't read them all yet, but they are as follows--

Let's Choose Our President By Popular Vote
Why the '50 Florida's Argument is Wrong
Why the 'No More Majorities' Argument is Wrong
Why the 'Bye Bye Nevada' Argument is Wrong
Why the 'Massachusetts Uber Alles' Argument is Wrong

Read them and think about it.

1 comment:

Jack Thunder said...

have we ever seen an issue that so many people felt the same way about yet nothing was ever done to fix it???

i'm so sick of the EC. i'm so tired of our undemocratic "democracy." i'm tired of having Secretaries of State run by political parties. that's insane.
among other reforms, we need a nonpartisan Federal Reserve-style agency to govern elections. and, yes, i'm very happy moving elections from state authority to fed authority.

but, anyway, yeah, down with the Electoral College.