The Electoral College is now the set of 538 dedicated party activists who vote as rubberstamps for presidential candidates. In the current presidential election system, 48 states award all of their electors to the winners of their state.
With National Popular Vote, the Electoral College still would vote as rubberstamps for presidential candidates.
National Popular Vote guarantees the presidency to the candidate with the most popular votes in the country.To be honest I don't care what most Americans want. If they want to make the President elected by popular vote, by all means let them, but I still don't think it is the best system.Voters want that guarantee, that even if they were on the losing side, their vote actually was directly and equally counted and mattered to their candidate. Most Americans think it's a bad thing for the candidate with the most popular votes to lose. We don't allow this in any other election in our representative republic.
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 recent 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: AZ 67%, CA 70%, CT 74%, MA 73%, MN 75%, NY 79%, OR 76%, and WA 77%.
Even if all 50 states and DC used a proportional method, the presidency would not be guaranteed to the candidate with the most votes. Voters do not want any possibility of an electoral vote tie leaving Congress (with less than 10% approval rating now) to decide a presidential election, with each state having one vote, (with equally divided states being unable to cast a vote).
I'm not suggesting a constitutional amendment.A constitutional amendment to change all states to a proportional method could be stopped by states with as little as 3% of the U.S. population.
Yes I said it wasn't particularly feasible, just that it would be the best system. I prefer the current system to a national popular vote as well.A compact, such as you're suggesting, to have ANY chance of succeeding, would need a trigger of all 50 states and DC enacting it before it would go into effect.
Again, I don't really care what most Americans want. The presidency is different than every other election in the country. The president is not elected by the people at large, and IMO that is the way it should be.National Popular Vote is what Americans want. It only requires states with 270 electoral votes to enact it, before going into effect, and it guarantees what most Americans want -- the candidate with the most votes will win, as in virtually every other election in the country.
There should be Instant Runoff Voting
The Founders generally held democracy in contempt, and you don't live in one. You get that, right?
You live in a federated democratic republic, which is very different.
Did you have some desire to live in a province of California? Or of New York? Or of Florida?
Because without the Electoral College, and by extension, one must assume that you don't like the Senate either, that's what the less populated States will become.
As I've said before, a great example of a democracy is a gang rape. The victim gets one vote, and each assailant gets one vote on a course of action.
Quod scripsi, scripsi
The electoral college was an attempt by the founders to balance power between the densely populated industrial north and the sparsely populated agricultural south. Populations have shifted to the coasts so now it serves to balance power between fly over country and the seaboards. I say it remains useful.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
Now, thanks to the effectiveness of voter sampling and the resultant polls, all the electoral college seems to ensure is that they will spend lots of time in Ohio.
It is an anacronism that has outlived its usefulness, especially as it gives the voters of the less populous states more voting clout per capita than it does the larger.
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