The good 'ol Electoral College comes through for us again

  • Article by: D.J. TICE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 12, 2012 - 1:16 PM
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ivaro3Nov. 10, 12 5:23 PM

I don't buy this argument. Candidates didn't visit the Deep South, nor the Far West because those votes were decided from what we know of past elections. It makes more sense to me that the candidates get the vote out by visiting all areas of this big and fascinating nation, rather than concentrate on Ohio and Florida or even New Hampshire, which doesn't necessarily give us an overall view of what is happening in America. I would think also that candidates visiting various States might also help get more people out to vote, since they would understand better that their vote counts as much as anyone's. I also wish we could limit the campaigns to 6 months or less, so that those in office concentrate more on their jobs, which to me is common sense. I realize that is another story!

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ranger78Nov. 10, 12 6:37 PM

Anyone who says the electoral college should be done away with is simply ignorant of the genius of the Founding Fathers design. Should we change to popular vote, multiple states would be ignored in favor of the most populated states. Under the designed system, the candidates can't ignore dozens of states.

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boshkNov. 10, 12 6:55 PM

if its about winning states, then how about each state gets 1 electoral vote. then they have to visit all of them, and not just ohio and florida. what a stupid argument.

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robotczarNov. 10, 12 7:37 PM

Do we ever look bad when a foreigner comes to the US and hears that we really don't elect our president. The electoral college anachronism is an embarrassment and has already gotten us into trouble in adding to our bizarre election process. It is more that time for one person - one vote election of our leader. Then we can be the democracy we clam to be. Don't count on our government doing anything to fix the situation.

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thehoffersNov. 10, 12 7:54 PM

If they apportioned the electoral votes for each state, relative to the popular vote of each state, it wouldn't disenfrachise huge portions of the population, and the balance of electoal votes could be preserved.

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csjohn1Nov. 10, 12 8:32 PM

The founders created the electoral college concept to deal with existing limits: literacy, distance and communications To assign both a reconstructed role and adherence to a nonexistent mission is the ultimate of the fine are of revisionism The electoral college is an anachronism. The 336 to 202 vote fails to focus on how deeply divided is the country. We can't begin to solve the critical issues facing our country when we are so calcified in our politics.

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LakeliverNov. 10, 1211:06 PM

Our greatest problem is our House of Representatives, where two people and a cow have far too much clout. Hoffers, dirt doesn't mean the same thing as people and their votes.

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twspt7Nov. 11, 12 6:21 AM

No system of government is perfect, but representative democracy the one we employ through our Constitution. From this heritage, the system of the electoral college is easier for people to understand now, when many seem to think we live in a pure democracy. Your vote counts in our system, but, in most cases, it counts towards your choice of representation in government. The Electoral College is no different, and it has served this country well.

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pasaraNov. 11, 12 7:39 AM

The electoral college was designed the way it was because at the time this was the best way to deal with the actual logistics of a widely dispersed population to vote. I can see both sides of the argument on whether it still makes sense today, but saying it was made simply because its creators distrusted the voters is hogwash.

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u4775Nov. 11, 12 7:42 AM

Never forget one thing, this nation is a collection of independent states...independent states. That is the real basis of winning each state. And each states electoral votes are determined by their population ie(number of house representatves) plus two senators. So in that respect it represents the population. The day we elect the President by popular vote is the day we stop being the United States.

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