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13 December 2000 @ 09:23 am
Electoral College Obsolete?  
I hear many people saying the electoral college should be abolished. I think this just shows that they don't understand the purpose of it.

The electoral college system was installed to give a bit more voting power to the geographical majority of the country. When we voted by popular vote only, the election was determined by the population centers of the nation. Today, that would mean that the East coast states and California would always get their way, and the people in Kansas and Missouri would just have to stand by and watch. By abolishing the electoral college, we as a country would be saying that opinions of only the big population states is important. I don't think this will happen. I pray this does not happen!
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
daizee on December 13th, 2000 07:27 am (UTC)
i voted for bush.
i'll happily admit it.

if gore withdrawls and doesn't concede his political career is not only over, it will be DEAD!
(i really dislike that man)

*waits for all the insults*
daizee on December 13th, 2000 07:32 am (UTC)
btw: i put this here cause you disallowed comments on that last post
Garygdj on December 13th, 2000 07:39 am (UTC)

Where there's a will, there's a way! :)

I too voted for Bush and I am not ashamed of it. I almost made that post friends only too, but then thought, why should I?

We will see. :) Thanks for letting me know!
leidtexan on December 13th, 2000 10:04 am (UTC)
Bah! Humbuggers!
Still like you though!
Have a nice day, Gary!
whorlpoolwhorlpool on December 13th, 2000 07:49 am (UTC)
I voted for Gore, since I'm a flaming liberal :)

Anyway, I agree with you about the electoral college. If it were abolished altogether, the candidates would focus exclusively on the big cities. Incidentally, if that happened, the Republicans would never again gain the oval office, since the large cities are overwhelmingly Democratic. However, this would be extremely unfair; even though I'm liberal, I believe that all viewpoints deserve to be heard and represented in the government. (Well, most viewpoints; I have no sympathy for groups that peddle anger and hatred).

I read something a while back about the electoral college; I can't remember details, but I seem to remember that the way votes are distributed could use some updating. It's not that the college should be abolished; it just needs to be brought up to date and modified a little.

My guess, however, is that it will be with us in its present form forever. We shall see.
whorlpoolwhorlpool on December 13th, 2000 07:52 am (UTC)
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Oh, i forgot to add: I've been horrified for the past several weeks. I think Gore should have graciously conceded on November 8. Winning at all costs doesn't conduce to effective leadership. I think what's been going on with the election has been the first test of leadership for Gore and Bush, and as far as I'm concerned, they both failed miserably. Hopefully, when Bush wins, he'll become more of a leader and will reach across party lines, so that things can actually get accomplished. This country needs healing rather than further discord.
Garygdj on December 13th, 2000 08:21 am (UTC)
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A voice of reason!
dreamwhisper on December 13th, 2000 08:32 am (UTC)
I agree with you Gary. Besides, it's constitutional and I for one, stand by it.
Fezziwig Fandangobandicoot on December 13th, 2000 10:17 am (UTC)
I've flipflopped on that one. Since it would require a constitutional change and not a legislative one, I doubt that a change will happen.

The original reason for the electoral college, a question of state's rights and balance, doesn't really apply any more. Now it's more a matter of state's ego. With national political campaigning more and more a TV issue, it doesn't matter much which states a candidate visits for photo-ops. If any came to my area, I'd run the other way anyway.

I think the only fair way is a national popular vote. One of the interesting things the Supremes had to say last night was about treating votes equally under the law. That could be interpreted as an opening to declaring the electoral college unconstitutional should anyone care to mount a challenge...
Garygdj on December 13th, 2000 11:02 am (UTC)
I am reminded of the map I saw shortly after the election. It showed a county by county election result with red for Bush counties and blue for Gore counties. The map was almost completely red, except for an area along the West cost of California and an area all down the East coast were the big cites are located. Even in the states where Gore carried, most of the states were covered in red. Yes, Gore may have won the popular vote, but I doubt if that would even be true if the overseas military ballots had all been counted.

The electoral college is not about political coverage being available to everyone via TV. I knew who I was voting for without hearing one speech or political ad. Why should the "big city folks" be the ones to elect our leaders?