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Old 10-15-2008, 03:44 PM
 
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I rarely post in the political forums but I had to ask some of you this question.

In this day and age why does America still depend on the Electoral College system instead of popular vote? Any thoughts?
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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The States vote for the president. If it was the popular vote only a hand full of heavily populated States would be deciding who is pres every 4 years.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:49 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Does that matter? Why shouldn't the most highly populated states make the decision? Those are the people that will be most affected by government.
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Old 10-15-2008, 03:50 PM
 
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But the population has grown in some of the states that has only a handful of votes, so maybe we need to revamp the system to give them more of a voice?

I don't know...maybe I am too organized and want to see things more mainstream!
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:03 PM
 
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Does that matter? Why shouldn't the most highly populated states make the decision? Those are the people that will be most affected by government.
Sure it does. Your popular vote is voting for your State congressman/woman in your particular State who will represent you in Washington, the Federal City. Remember we are 50 United States and each State as a sovereign State has a stake in who will be the President. Each State is treated equally. A few States should never be allowed to dominate in this matter. This was all hashed out in our early days as a nation and remember, the President is not the King but is elected by the member States only for a good reason. Now, maybe the College can be revamped someway, maybe, but it's original intent should stay the same.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:19 PM
 
Location: San Diego, CA
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Electoral College isn't exactly fair. However, it does go by the majority, and not by the land area that votes a certain way. For example, Washington and California are known as the most "Liberal" states, yet only a handful of counties are actually "Blue". Because of their population, they easily overwhelm those with opposing viewpoints and the "winner takes all" policy kicks in.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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But they can make ANY choice they want. They can be "faithless" and not represent the will of the people.
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Old 10-15-2008, 04:34 PM
 
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I rarely post in the political forums but I had to ask some of you this question.

In this day and age why does America still depend on the Electoral College system instead of popular vote? Any thoughts?
The Founding Fathers, though proponents of equality, were not entirely comfortable with the sentiments of the 'common' classes, and instituted guards like the Electoral College as a barrier against the perceived threat of "mob rule". In fact until the 1820s or so electors weren't even popularly elected, they were elected by state legislatures.

Our ideas of how democracy works is very different than their original intent, but no doubt the Electoral College preserves the idea of federalism. You can argue all day about the pros and cons of the system.
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:06 PM
 
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Because we have a federal government and not a national government. The true power is supposed to reside within the states. This is a foreign concept to us since the SCOTUS of the early 20th century perverted the Commerce and General Welfare clauses, and completely ignored the 10th Amendment.
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica
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Answer to the OP's question:
Because that's what the U.S. Constitution tells us to do.

Maybe your question would be better formed to ask "Is a popular vote of the people the best alternative to the Electoral College for electing the President?".

The Electoral College is only the insignificant institution that represents the idea, built into the Constitution, that the states elect the President, not the people. Do you understand why the Founding Fathers believed that a direct popular-vote election for President was a bad idea? Are the relevant facts undergirding that belief different today than in their time?

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