Monday, March 13, 2006

A proposal to get "rid" of the Electoral College

Electoral College Drop-Out -

It goes without saying as a true "democrat" I support any attempt at ending this archaic nonsense.

"Intriguingly, another solution is now in the offing, one that ingeniously circumvents the Electoral College without actually getting rid of it. It's the brainchild of John Koza, a computer scientist and Stanford professor who has been fascinated with the Electoral College ever since he invented a computer game based on it in the mid-1960s.

It has been embraced by electoral reform groups including Common Cause and the Center for Voting and Democracy, and championed by a handful of prominent elder statesmen including Birch Bayh, the Indiana Democrat; John Anderson, the Illinois Republican turned independent presidential candidate; and our very own Tom Campbell, the former Republican congressman and economic adviser to Governor Schwarzenegger.

Here's how it works: The Constitution says that states have to appoint a slate of electors to the Electoral College, but it does not specify how they appoint them.

As Antonin Scalia pointed out somewhat sinisterly in the Supreme Court's Bush v. Gore ruling, voting for the president on a state-by-state basis has come about by tradition, not by constitutional fiat. The Constitution in fact makes no provision for a right to vote at all. "

Play around with an electoral map here.

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