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Monday, August 30, 2004

Blitz Battle: Electoral College

The year 2000 marked the first time in which a president had been elected not by the popular vote, but instead by electoral votes. Despite the recounts and voiced complaints of thousands (probably millions, but I always err on the conservative side,) George W. Bush was sworn into office in January 2001.

Given that the United States is not a democracy, but rather a Constitutional Republic, should an election result by electorate in place of popular vote be accepted? or should more states adopt the Colorado proposal to give electoral votes by percentage (bush wins 50% vote, he gets 50% of EC votes.) and thereby taking some power away from the Constitutional institution of checks and balances placed in the system?

On the other side of the coin, is the electoral college innately unfair to those in smaller states with no major urban centers? Given that states like NY and CA have a large amount of electoral votes due to the population (mostly from their cities) and votes are generally cast with self-interest in mind, should the cities speak for the rest of the state, and skew the election results?

or should we decide on a new form of representation in the elections? Though it is merely an idea, this may be something we all have to deal with in the near future.

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