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DebDeb
4 months ago

I have always thought one of the major advantages of the electoral college is that it keeps candidates more geographically diffused because they're not just zooming to the population centers. But this group really has given me some food for thought on how true that assumption really is: http://www.nationalpopularvote.com/. I am coming round much more to the principle of one person, one vote because as mentioned above, why should anyone's vote be worth more or less depending on where they are located? At the very least under the electoral college it would be more fair to take on suggestions 2 and 3 that Bobby brings up above.

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LiberalLibertyLiberalLiberty
4 months ago

I don't think the elimination of the electoral college should be driven by Clinton's loss - the argument must be made against the claimed advantages of the electoral college system. Otherwise it just comes across as a partisan effort to increase voter share, like gerrymandering.

That it would historically benefit democratic candidates should be a side-effect. I would suggest combining it with a ranked voting system, as well.

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prankedchoiceprankedchoice
4 months ago

We'd have to take a more principled stance on it. As a city-dweller why should my vote count any less then someone that lives in a rural area. One vote should have the same value everywhere.

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Bobby MartinBobby Martin
4 months ago

I see three possible ways to replace the electoral college with a system more representative of voters, all of which have pros and cons that I'd love to flesh out here:

1) Disregard state-by-state majorities altogether and defer only to national popular vote

2) Adjusting the number of electoral votes per state so that they are actually proportionate with the population of those states

3) Split electoral votes in each state to the same degree as the popular vote in each state, rather than all votes awarded to the recipient of the majority of votes

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