Monday, November 5, 2012

Electoral College

You know, I'm one of the people who thinks that the electoral college is a flawed system which should be replaced.  My home state of California gets 55 votes in the electoral college, which is more than any other state.  Technically, if California wanted to be a jerk, it could pretty much override the decisions made by at ten other states.

Oddly enough, the flaw in the system isn't that California makes other states irrelevant.  It's that other states make California irrelevant.  Actually, only about six or so states matter in the upcoming election, the so-called "battleground states" where the candidates spend all their time and energy. The other 44 states are pretty much a foregone conclusion, thereby making voting in those states highly unnecessary.  I'd prefer a system where all the states are important, not just a few.

Wouldn't it be unexpected if, say, New Hampshire's three electoral college votes end up deciding the election?  It's possible.  New Hampshire is a swing state.

6 comments:

Cat said...

Not to mention that a candidate can lose the popular vote and become president by winning the electoral college.

Anonymous said...

Well, I would say it's a somewhat unfair system now, but when the Electoral College was created, it was a good idea. It's just that it's been over 200 hundreds since it was created and needed and it hasn't really changed in all that time, even though the country has.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps every state can decide the election. It is only a matter of chance. Once again, I think you should email your post to Bill O'Reilly. He has to be the type of person to agree with you.

Anonymous said...

To add, many states have a big preference for Mitt Romney. Why don't you check here?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_electoral_college#Contemporary_conflict

Anonymous said...

This is like 7th grade government all over again :p

Anonymous said...

Michael! We just had a project in my U.S. History class! I think I'll use you as one of my sources! Ha Ha! Just joking.