Although groups like the League of Women Voters have long supported the abolition of the electoral college,1 the protracted proceedings in Florida as well as the apparent disparity between the popular and the electoral college vote have further fueled calls to abolish the electoral college. Critics urge a replacement of the electoral college with a straightforward nationwide popular vote system; and if needed, a national run-off between the top two candidates so that the winner will always receive an absolute majority of the popular vote.2 An advocate of this plan, the Center for Voting and Democracy, explains:
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The discussions for and against abolishing the Electoral College will emerge again and again. Whether it will ever be abolished remains to be seen.
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In the meanwhile, the small states need to reassess their calculations of where their true strength lies. Utah's five electoral votes will never matter as much in the electoral college as its extreme partisan voting pattern would affect a nationwide popular vote. The same goes for the other states in the charts above. The sooner we can show them the math, the sooner we will be able to abolish the electoral college.
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The idea of reforming or abolishing the Electoral College has been around even as early as 1801. But since the 2000 electoral debacle, arguments have resurfaced as to whether the Electoral College system should be reformed. Backed by the support of the majority of Americans (according to all recent polls), voters seem to all be asking the same question again: "When is something going to be done about the Electoral College?"I am not sure whether they have fully considered the implications of their proposed amendment or not. The most disturbing thing is that Congresswoman Lofgren seemed to dismiss her own argument by saying, "If the Electoral College is eliminated in favor of a popular vote, then voters in California and other large states will be treated equally, ensuring that the President truly represents the entire country." I am sure there will be very few states to agree. And if Lofgren doesn't see how it would hurt small states, I feel sorry for her. Even Sen. Chafee acknowledged that the legislation abolishing the Electoral College is not likely to receive serious attention.In more than 200 years, over 700 proposals already have been introduced in Congress to reform or abolish the Electoral College. Moreover, last month, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose) introduced a constitutional amendment to eliminate it and provide for direct presidential elections. Then, in a bipartisan alliance, California Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein and Rhode Island Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee said they also will join this proposal to get rid of the electoral system.Opponents of the Electoral College system also point to the risk of so-called "faithless" Electors. A "faithless Elector" is one who is pledged to vote for his party's candidate for president but nevertheless votes of another candidate. There have been 7 such Electors in this century and as recently as 1988 when a Democrat Elector in the State of West Virginia cast his votes for Lloyd Bensen for president and Michael Dukakis for vice president instead of the other way around. Faithless Electors have never changed the outcome of an election, though, simply because most often their purpose is to make a statement rather than make a difference. That is to say, when the electoral vote outcome is so obviously going to be for one candidate or the other, an occasional Elector casts a vote for some personal favorite knowing full well that it will not make a difference in the result. Still, if the prospect of a faithless Elector is so fearsome as to warrant a Constitutional amendment, then it is possible to solve the problem without abolishing the Electoral College merely by eliminating the individual Electors in favor of a purely mathematical process (since the individual Electors are no longer essential to its operation).