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The Electoral College, Under Attack

Paulus Textor Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 6:25 PM
The problem of the "winner take all" Electoral College system can be addressed in each state. The state legislatures have the Constitutional power to select electors in any way they please. In fact, in a lot of states that have voter initiative processes, the voters could do an end-run around the politicians, and institute proportional representation. (A Constitutional legal battle might ensue, but that is all to the good.) This way, big states like California, instead of being an automatic 55 Democratic votes, would likely split something like 35-20, or maybe 30-25. A further interesting development might be third party representation. A Libertarian, Constitution, or Green Party candidate might garner a few crucial electoral votes....
Paulus Textor Wrote: Nov 02, 2012 6:27 PM
....so maybe a state like California splits 25 Dem, 20 Rep, 5 Libertarian, 5 Green. This way, major alternative viewpoints at least get a hearing and get some political clout, even if they don't win outright.

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...