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The Electoral College, Under Attack

Bob319 Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 9:09 AM
The EC was a great idea and still is. The founders also had the senators elected by the state's, not by the people. We would all be better served if we got rid of the 17th amendment. Government works best when there are states actually have representatives in congress.
disecke Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 9:16 AM
I agree, but the EC delegates were ALSO appointed by the states, not the people! Under those conditions, the EC was a great check on Federal power by the States. Now, Amendment XIV Section 2 demands that EC delegates must be determined by the people within the states, and the EC has lost its purpose - we have all the disadvantages of a pure democratic system already; and the EC now just distorts it further, so that our votes are not equal based on what state we're in. If we keep to the democratic way, we should do away with the EC. Though I prefer we keep the EC *if* we also go back to States choosing EC delegates!
jmonaco Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 2:49 PM
It doesn't make any such demands. Section1 requires equal enforcement of voting and property rights. Section 2 defines how the representative basis (eligible voting population) is established (only pertained to males of age 21+ [unless ineligible] at the time). Section 3 prevents those engaged in insurrection/rebellion from holding public Office. Section 4 addresses public debt and claims arising from rebellion/insurrection. Section 5 enumerates the authority of Congress to enforce the amendment.

Selection of electors (Es') for the office of President & Vice - President is not addressed. The 10th Amendment says a state's Constitution & Laws specify Es' selection & apportionment. Appointment of Es' by state's legislature is not prohibited.
disecke Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 8:20 PM
jmonaco, read Amendment XIV Section 2 again. Not only does it *specifically* refer to the selection of Electors for President/Vice President, contrary to what you say, but it refers to the *right* of eligible voters to select them by poll. Before you try to correct me, brush up on your reading skills.
jmonaco Wrote: Nov 03, 2012 4:31 PM
disecke -- I think my reading skills are adequate. The referred text states ... "Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers ...". The key word here is "apportioned". This is the way the census is applied whereby #'s of representatives and electors are "apportioned" among states, not how they are selected.

As Tuesday’s election ticks ever nearer, my fervent wish is a solid electoral college win for Mitt Romney. Not to get greedy, but I’d like it in the bag before the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

I hope this is not asking too much. October’s poll swing and a broadening visceral sense tell me this election may not feature the nail-biting closeness we have been told to expect for months.

But if we are to be ensnared by a down-to-the-wire finish, get ready for the attendant micro-focus on the Electoral College, and the resulting debate over whether it should...