6 thoughts on “Get rid of the electoral college!

  1. Snowball's chance in hell says:

    …oh yeah, let’s ‘send them a message’ – and where have we heard that before?
    In any case half of the nation’s eligible voters never exercise that fundamental right. Worth noting perhaps the sheer size of that group – approximately 92 million eligible voters – makes it a potential wild card in the 2020 presidential election. See https://the100million.org/

    “Whose votes count the least in the Electoral College?” https://theconversation.com/whose-votes-count-the-least-in-the-electoral-college-74280

  2. Government of, by, and for the people? says:

    “Never forget that our presidential electoral system is an abomination” (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/09/02/never-forget-that-our-presidential-electoral-system-is-an-abomination/
    “…Trump’s only chance for victory — and it’s a good one — is to once again assemble the right combination of state wins to get him 270 electoral votes. Which would mean that in half the presidential elections of the last 20 years, the vote loser wound up winning the White House.
    How likely is it? Take a look at this analysis from FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver:”

    Nate Silver @NateSilver538 10:11 AM · Sep 2, 2020:
    Chance of a Biden Electoral college win if he wins the popular vote by X points:
    0-1 points: just 6%!
    1-2 points: 22%
    2-3 points: 46%
    3-4 points: 74%
    4-5 points: 89%
    5-6 points: 98%
    6-7 points: 99%

    [10:13 AM · Sep 2, 2020] You’ll sometimes see people say stuff like “Biden MUST with the popular vote by 3 points or he’s toast”. Not true; at 2-3 points, the Electoral College is a tossup, not necessarily a Trump win.
    OTOH [on the other hand] , the Electoral College is not really *safe* for Biden unless he wins by 5+.

    Nate Silver (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nate_Silver

  3. Nightmare fuel says:

    “Imagine waking up the morning after the election this November with an unclear result of who will be next president. Suppose that Donald Trump fails to capture the popular vote by a wider margin than in 2016 and loses some states he carried that year. With a slim majority in states like Florida and Pennsylvania, he could still garner 270 electoral votes.
    But would Democrats accept such an outcome? There is a chance that legislatures in blue states could effectively overturn the election result through a means available in the Constitution. This nuclear option has never been tried before, but it could tear the country down.” https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/516207-will-democrats-use-the-nuclear-option-to-blow-up-the-election
    A landmark decision from the Supreme Court has found that states can force the electors to vote in a certain manner. Further, Article Two of the Constitution allows for wide discretion with the states to appoint the electors, and efforts such as the National Popular Vote Compact also chip away at the idea that states will definitely send electors who reflect local popular wishes.

    Click to access 19-465_i425.pdf

    Thus state lawmakers could exert control over electors, undermining the will of the voters and impacting the result on a national level.

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