Over in the “Bush Wins thread” there has been some disagreement concerning the Electoral Collage. We haven’t had a debate on this since the election fiasco and it seems like a good time to reopen the discussion. Please feel free to argue any point on this topic; this is intended as a general discussion. I’ll get us started.
I don’t like the current system for electing the President because it is undemocratic. My 2 main objections are that it violates the principle that all voters should be equal and that it appropriates the votes of individuals and chooses for them.
One of the arguments in favor of the Electoral Collage is that it empowers the rural voter. I disagree. The EC does give undue weight to the states with smaller populations but that strengthens the individual voter there only if they agree with the majority. If they wish to vote for a candidate that most of their neighbors dislike then the EC completely disempowers them. Since the justification for the inequality of voting power is to prevent a “tyranny of the majority”, I fail to see how it can be maintained that voters should submit to the majority/plurality in their state.
Here in Pennsylvania most people voted for Gore. So in the college, all of PA’s electoral power went to Gore. That is, under the current system the 49.4% of voters who voted for someone else ( as well as those who chose not to vote ) were all counted as Gore supporters.
Their voice has been stolen.
Just my 2sense
When I refer to my 2sense, I’m actually talking about my weird fifth sense. Not sixth. By some tragic accident, I was born without taste buds. - sig courtesy of Surgoshan