Making Votes Count
“An archive of editorials on the flaws in the mechanics of our democracy” at The New York Times. The latest entry, "Abolish the Electoral College", was published yesterday. It's very possible that the popular vote loser could win the electoral vote in consecutive presidential elections.
People have been talking about dumping the electoral college for a long time now, but actually the states can decide for themselves if they are going to use it or not. Now I could be totally mistaken on this- I read this all in Newsweek last week, as apparently CO is considering making the historic leap off the bandwagon. Can anyone confirm this?
Colorado has a proposal to move to a system similar to that of Maine and Nebraska. Rather than winner take all electoral voting, Colorado would divide its 9 votes based on % vote.
George Will writes a counter-point in Newsweek to the NYT article above:
I'm not positive about this, but isn't it true that we don't have a Constitutional right to a popular vote? That the Constitutional right belongs to the electoral vote, and it's just the states/electoral representatives being nice by casting their votes according to what their state's popular vote is?
When i say, "being nice", i guess I mean that's how the states determined they would decide on the electoral vote, but they don't have to do it that way....
Okay, I actually AM positive about this...direct from one document written in 1787...what follows this paragraph is how to count the votes, and if there is a tie, and there needs to be a majority of states, etc. Also, the amendment to this section has to do with who replaces the president...but nothing to do with the popular vote. There's nothing about the popular vote in the Constitution--surprises me that a lawyer wrote that NY Times article AND mentions that there may be constitutional crisis? what does that mean? (the newsweek guy understands this concept):
The executive Power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President, chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows
Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.