View Poll Results: do away with the electoral college?

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    Re: the electoral college

    A Republican form of government has its leaders dining in topless bondage nightclubs.

    Oh, wait! My bad. That's a Republican Party form of government!

    In all seriousness, the problem is that "republic" is a word that is very very broad. It doesn't mean what some people think it means. The Dictionary.com definition is this:

    1. a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.

    2. any body of persons viewed as a commonwealth.

    3. a state in which the head of government is not a monarch or other hereditary head of state.

    4. any of the five periods of republican government in France.Compare First Republic, Second Republic, Third Republic, Fourth Republic, Fifth Republic.

    5. a philosophical dialogue (4th century b.c.) by Plato dealing with the composition and structure of the ideal state.


    So really, being a "republic form of government" has nothing to do with an electoral college. Getting rid of it wouldn't make us no longer a republican form of government in the slightest.

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    Re: the electoral college

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    So really, being a "republic form of government" has nothing to do with an electoral college. Getting rid of it wouldn't make us no longer a republican form of government in the slightest.
    This is true.

    However, the U.S. is not just a republic. It's also a federal national government. And the electoral college would take away from our federal character.

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    Re: the electoral college

    The only reason why we have an electoral college is because it was necessary back when travel and counting votes was hard. Each state back then would decide how they wanted their delagates to vote and only they went to Washington to vote. With all the electronic means of counting the votes and transferring the results today, it's no longer necessary, and should be done away with. It would make our elections much more fair. Our ballots should also be choice ballots, like first, second, and third choice so if your first choice doesn't win, your vote goes to your second choice so you could vote for a third party without in reality giving your vote to the one you least want to win. It's time we came into the 21'st century and gave up on this old outdated stuff.

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    Re: the electoral college

    I agree with jacksbrat

    looked at the poll results, very interesting, it's 24 yes, 23 no and 4 other

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    Re: the electoral college

    Quote Originally Posted by jacksbrat View Post
    The only reason why we have an electoral college is because it was necessary back when travel and counting votes was hard.
    It also avoided having a national election where votes from one state were counted with others. It kept all elections, and control of them, inside the states.

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    Re: the electoral college

    If we had a popular vote candidates would spend more time in densely populated areas and less time in rural states.

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    A bit of an aside, but anarcho-fascist is an Orwellian term :P
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    Re: the electoral college

    Quote Originally Posted by Anarcho-fascist View Post
    If we had a popular vote candidates would spend more time in densely populated areas and less time in rural states.
    Um, yes, that has been repeated many times in this thread, debunked many times, and then repeated again without any support.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z3n View Post
    A bit of an aside, but anarcho-fascist is an Orwellian term :P
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    Re: the electoral college

    Quote Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
    Um, yes, that has been repeated many times in this thread, debunked many times, and then repeated again without any support.
    Why would they spend more time where there's a low population density? Right now candidates go all over contested states.

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