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Electoral College Is Democratic, Not democratic

danq Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 1:57 AM
If you are a Republican and are questioning the Electoral College, come move to Pennsylvania. There are only three reasons PA is a blue state: Philly, Pittsburgh, and Scranton. The rest of the state is all Republican. Watch every two years and see how your county is completely irrelevant.
R.3 Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 8:49 AM
Same in Maryland. If you don't live in the I-95 corridor between Baltimore and Washington, DC you are irrelevant. If a state is allowed to either award electoral college votes by congressional district or by statewide popular vote, why would a state like Md. or PA ever change the way they award the electors?
Kenneth L. Wrote: Nov 15, 2012 7:25 AM
Do you imagine that some rural voters just stay home because they feel their vote won't matter? In absence of the electoral college their votes will be combined with those of the Upper Peninsula, Nebraska, et al. I think if we had not used the electoral college this time around Romney might have received more votes.
Or not. But the arguments can clearly be made both ways, and "blue state" voters should think about this. There was definitely a lack of interest in voting this time around. It can certainly be argued that this was caused by a lack of enthusiasm for Romney. But we've also seen analysis that accuses the Obama campaign of voter suppression. How was this done? Negative advertising. But defeatism might explain it.
In 2000, conservatives were obligated to explain why they supported preservation of the Electoral College even though it produced a victory for their candidate, George W. Bush. In coming elections, their devotion may face a sterner test: Will they favor it if Democrats win the White House even when Republicans carry the popular vote?

Mitt Romney managed to avoid that problem by coming up short across the board. But while Republicans have noticed that the voting public is changing in ways that don't help the GOP, they may not have noticed that the electoral map has also shifted to their clear disadvantage.