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Friday, September 22, 2006
  Electoral College How does one devise a way around the Electoral College, you ask? Well, Dr. John R. Koza has an idea:

There have been many efforts over the decades to kill the Electoral College, the little-known and widely misunderstood body that actually elects the president based on the individual states that a candidate wins. Most recently, former Representative John B. Anderson of Illinois and former Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana spearheaded a drive, Fair Vote, for a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College.

The brainstorm behind Dr. Koza’s effort, led by a seven-month-old group, National Popular Vote, was to abandon that approach and focus on creating interstate compacts. Those are contracts that bind states over issues like nuclear waste and port authorities.

Dr. Koza’s compact, if approved by enough legislatures, would commit a state’s electors to vote for the candidate who wins the most national votes, even if the candidate loses in that state.

Well, he invented the scratch off lottery ticket. So, my question, campers, is what do you think about this? 
Comments:
Cheesh.. while his idea is an improvement, it's still so convoluted. Why can't the time be right for a simple 'majority wins'?
Why are we still not trusted w/ our votes?

And as to those scratch tickets.. that man owes me beaucoup!
 
A step in the right direction, for sure.
 
I still like the electoral college.

It gives fair play to various regional concerns that should have bearing on national elections.
 
Sounds like a bunch of Old Communists trying to destroy the Consitution. Democracy is a fraud. and remember my little socialistic friends, we live in a Republic.
 
Here are some of the issues of "majority rules". First, as it has been correctly pointed out, we live in a Republic. That's accurate.

Another thing that matters is equal voice all over the States. Ponder this for a bit. California is 1/5th the U.S. population (a little more). The Eastern Seaboard is another big chunk. The top 10 States make up over half the population. Needless to say, Tennessee isn't one! LOL! Do you think we'd get much Presidential attention? Neh. VERY few states would because many of the smaller states are about 50/50 Dem and Rep. Why bother chasing a small number of voters MAYBE when you can cater to 22% of the population in California and another thirty percent in the East? Texas is perhaps the biggest sticking point, but, hey, can't win 'me all.

I like the EC. I figure that when California shifts heavily conservative in about 10 years, people who hate the EC now are going to scream for its preservation.
 
The compact idea will never fly, in my opinion. Why would a state want to send electors to the EC with instructions to vote for the candidate who lost in that state? And what if a state changed its mind after signing onto the compact?

The Electoral College has worked well, and requires a successful candidate to appeal to all regions of the country, and not just pile up a huge margin in one region by pandering to that region, as Cleveland did in 1888.
 
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