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Blair31 Wrote: Sep 02, 2012 10:11 AM
Al Gore wants to replace the Electoral College with the popular vote. That's what the Founding Fathers fought against. The argument during the Constitutional Convention was about direct elections, (the popular vote), or indirect elections, (the Electoral College). The Electoral College, (indirect elections), won. When I was in my teens and twenties, I thought that if we did away with the Electoral College, we'd be like other countries. Now that I'm in my fifties, I've grown up. I wouldn't change the system we have. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
America is Over Wrote: Sep 02, 2012 9:27 PM
" When I was in my teens and twenties, I thought that if we did away with the Electoral College, we'd be like other countries..,"

Me, too. I'm older now but smarter. Slower. But smarter.
susan3031 Wrote: Sep 02, 2012 5:16 PM
Prior to arriving at the eventual wording of section 1 of Article II, the Constitutional Convention specifically voted against a number of different methods for selecting the President, including
? having state legislatures choose the President,
? having governors choose the President, and
? a national popular vote.
After these (and other) methods were debated and rejected, the Constitutional Convention decided to leave the entire matter to the states.

The constitution does not prohibit any of the methods that were debated and rejected. A majority of the states appointed their presidential electors using two of the rejected methods in the nation's first presidential election in 1789.
susan3031 Wrote: Sep 02, 2012 5:17 PM
More than 2/3rds of the states and people have been merely spectators to presidential elections. They have no influence. That's more than 85 million voters, 200 million Americans, ignored. When and where voters are ignored, then so are the issues they care about most.
Joesolis Wrote: Sep 03, 2012 10:53 AM
But these voters are NOT being ignored. Their vote counts. I think what you are concerned about is the concept of the "battleground states" and the attention that gets paid to them each election. But if you notice, the number of BG states changes, and which states are BG states changes. For example, Wisconsin was once solidly Dem. now it is considered a BG state. My own state of California was once a BG state. Now it is so solidly Liberal that the Reps don't bother and the Dems treat us like their piggy bank. These changes occur due to natural shifts in population or satisfaction/dis-satisfaction with the majority party, NOT because of someone decides a particular state is to be a BG state.
Former Vice President Al Gore recently expressed his newly developed opinion that the United States should dispense with the Electoral College formula for choosing the President and Vice President.  Of course, this complex and enduring practice gets beat up every four years.  It seems a bit convoluted, especially when considering that Americans will someday be able to cast their votes on a mobile device.
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