I’m very excited about something. Friends always say “What’s the deal with the electoral college?” And I’m like “Yeah, it’s crazy, someone should change it.” Well someone IS changing it! The National Popular Vote movement (wiki) wants to get all 50 states to pass a law in their legislature which would assign actual votes instead of using the electoral college. Cool thing is, states possessing 23% of the required electoral votes have passed it already. I think that’s rad!
Here’s what their web site says:
“Under the U.S. Constitution, the states have exclusive and plenary (complete) power to allocate their electoral votes, and may change their state laws concerning the awarding of their electoral votes at any time. Under the National Popular Vote bill, all of the state’s electoral votes would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538).”
Benefits: Well, we would (finally!) erode the absurd 2-party system. Also, it would solve the problem of a candidate who wins the popular vote still losing the election – this has happened 7 times in this country (remember 2000?).
Check out the progress on the movement in your state!
There’s criticism, of course. Here’s a good scholarly study critical of the movement. Really, though, the criticism amounts to pointing out how hard it will be to accomplish this (which isn’t really criticism of the movement itself), as well as pointing out numerous “what if” problems that result from changing the status quo. Well OF COURSE problems will arise. It’s DIFFERENT. And DIFFERENT ISN’T BAD! A third concern is that such a movement, when not done through the constitutional amendment process, violates state’s rights (10th amendment). Now I am a man concerned with centralized power, and I see no problem here. The states themselves will be voting this measure in, so it requires their consent. And it doesn’t rob states of any meaningful power, considering the ENORMOUS BENEFITS.
This is a chance for us to actually change our country for the better! I’m down!
But don’t just take my word that this is a good thing. There’s tons of blogs, youtube videos, articles, and studies on this issue. Check ’em out!