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Shall We Scrap The Electoral College?

Found an article today that poses an old question for the blogosphere.   However, given that we are in the long run up to the 2008 election, it may be time to rehash the debate.

Here’s a slice:

The Electoral College should be done away with, but in the meantime, any reforms should improve the system, not make it worse. If California abandons its winner-take- all rule while red states like Texas do not, it will be hard for a Democratic nominee to assemble an Electoral College majority, even if he or she wins a sizable majority of the popular vote. That appears to be just what the backers of the California idea have in mind.

I’m of the mind that the Electoral College needs to be scrapped. What say you bloggers?

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2 Responses to “Shall We Scrap The Electoral College?”

  1. I say scrap it.

    That California powergrap by the Right is a terrible idea. If it’s on the ballot, I can’t imagine California voters passing that abortion.

  2. What if all the congressiona l districts/el ectoral college votes were to be counted? Then there’s the other three semi-congres sional (you get ‘em, Eleanor Holmes Norton!) votes. They’ll be tricky. It would be best to give DC just one. What about the senate designated votes? We’d have to be rid of them - or - let the senators vote (?). Forget I said that.

    If all the states went by district, the vote would be as close to national democracy AND federalist regionalism as possible. Gerrymanderi ng would become a much more complicated strategy. But it certainly can’t be some states and not others engaged in this. What some in California (or is it the Beltway?) are considering right now is a three legged pool table that leans to the Far Right - and that’s only for the fact that there are so many very, very small states that can pile on with California’s right-wing, Western-Stat e interior.

    Either scrap the EC or give the rabid parties something realistic to chew on - total individual district dispersion - no senatorial districts. It’s the perfect compromise. It’s federalist, it’s democratic, it’s representati ve, it’s national. What’s to lose? Even the gerrymandere rs will find a way to work with it, I’m sure. Whatever. It’s still better than what we have now. California Uber Allis!

    JMJ

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