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The Electoral College, Under Attack

Jerome41 Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 7:54 PM
Yeah, who cares more people live in the Waco, TX than lives in Vermont, we should have a system where a few liberals in the North East have as much say as the giant conservative state of Texas
hboring Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 11:20 PM
Its still that way. It keeps the large states from dictating the outcome by population alone. Including the number of Senators in the count give some balance to the small states. Mucking around with this balance is a danger to the intent of the Constitution. We are still a republic, not a democracy, thank goodness.
disecke Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 8:49 PM
Sadly, by mandating that the people, rather than the States, decide Electors, the first of those two principles is removed from play altogether, and the second of the two would clearly be better served by direct elections. Basically, by losing the Federalist (State rights) part, the EC has lost its main purpose.
disecke Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 8:47 PM
Back when we had a Republic and a Federalist system, the EC took a middle ground on this issue by giving states a number of Electors equal to the number of representatives (set by population levels) PLUS Senators (always 2) each state sends. This gave bigger states more say in an absolute sense, but on a per capita basis, small states had the most representation. It was a reasonable compromise between the principles of Federalism (more power to the States) and balanced power based on population, so Rhode Island couldn't cancel out, say, TX.

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...