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If we're abolishing the Electoral College, let's also have ranked-choice voting for president

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It would maximize participation and broad-based appeal, and improve our democracy.

Abolishing the Electoral College is a modern-democratic-principles slam dunk: Every vote should count the same, no matter where you live. Rather, the more interesting question is what to replace it with.

A  direct popular vote, where whoever gets the most votes nationwide wins, is an improvement over the Electoral College. But it still employs the worst form of voting — simple plurality-- worst because simple plurality means a candidate does not have to win a majority of votes to win the election, and leaves open the possibility that the least-preferred candidate wins because two other candidates split the remaining vote. Also, plurality elections marginalize 3rd parties as spoilers, & campaigns become simply lesser-of-two-evils contests.

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No need to abolish Electoral College. Just make it "indirect democratic tool" as it was meant to be.

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Go to the chalk board and write 100 times, I BFalcon, promise that I will become very much less cryptic in my comments on OEN.

Before you complete that assignment, please elaborate: Would you characterize the US Joint Chiefs of Staff as an indirect democratic tool? How about the role of the President of the US as the "Commander In Chief"?

What is an indirect democratic tool and if one could make the Electoral College such a tool, how would it work?

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I was counting that the people will read how the College is specified in the Constitution.

So:

https://www.usconstitution.net/xconst_A2Sec1.html :

"Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress: but no Senator or Representative, or Person holding an Office of Trust or Profit under the United States, shall be appointed an Elector.

(The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two persons, of whom one at least shall not lie an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves. And they shall make a List of all the Persons voted for, and of the Number of Votes for each; which List they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the Seat of the Government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate. The President of the Senate shall, in the Presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the Certificates, and the Votes shall then be counted. The Person having the greatest Number of Votes shall be the President, if such Number be a Majority of the whole Number of Electors appointed; and if there be more than one who have such Majority, and have an equal Number of Votes, then the House of Representatives shall immediately chuse by Ballot one of them for President; and if no Person have a Majority, then from the five highest on the List the said House shall in like Manner chuse the President. But in chusing the President, the Votes shall be taken by States, the Representation from each State having one Vote; a quorum for this Purpose shall consist of a Member or Members from two-thirds of the States, and a Majority of all the States shall be necessary to a Choice. In every Case, after the Choice of the President, the Person having the greatest Number of Votes of the Electors shall be the Vice President. But if there should remain two or more who have equal Votes, the Senate shall chuse from them by Ballot the Vice-President.) (This clause in parentheses was superseded by the 12th Amendment.)"

Explained further and discussed:

https://constitution.laws.com/electoral-college :

"Indirect Popular Voting

The Electoral College system is an indirect system of voting. Under the Electoral College, American citizens are voting for an elector, who would then vote for the President. Those citizens are not directly voting for the President. The framers of the Constitution had a number of different reasons for doing this. Some of those reasons were embedded firmly in the nature of the time period in which the Constitution was written. For example, a direct election would have been impractical for the time. Collecting all the votes of all the citizens and then tabulating those votes would have taken inordinate amounts of time to do as a single, direct election. By splitting it into an Electoral College system, in which each citizen is effectively voting within his or her State, the system became much more easily managed."



It was complicated but the intention was that the Electors vote.

It was unfortunately modified so that the Electors have to vote the way the majority of the state voted (I believe that Maine and Arizona are exceptions).

It is important that this precedes the political parties which I believe Washington said "would kill democracy" as they did.

My point is make it possible for Electors to be "non-committed" and let them vote for the best candidate.

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Elected Political Representatives may have a product you'd like to have.

"Free Everything" is a great product, but only with the extended warranty.

On the other hand, you're entirely free to withhold your informed consent,

and represent yourself. Feel free to wage wars, destroy your enemies, or

give peace a chance.

Sharia lawyers must be fast to chase ambulances. Christian drivers must

get off the road when pulled over by Sharia cops. Gay driving is not allowed.

I pope not.

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Seriously Cute and imaginative.

In terms of apropos, Your point is what?

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I need a matrix or game to figure out ranked voting. It seems that ranked voting allows one to have more than one vote if one is able to vote for multiple candidates?

The wrinkle where one's candidate's that receives the least number of votes are transferred to one's second place choice suggests that the least preferred with the second least preferred candidate can receive more votes than the preferred candidate. If this is the case why vote for a second or third choice?

As for the electoral college while not at the same scale or arrogance as the global psyop of the daylight savings edict laid down by the capitalist elites for nearly the entire globe, it nevertheless represents another stick in the peoples' eye. So yes, destroy it.

An example of the lack of fear by those we allow to represent us: the Maine state legislature rejected the voters demand to switch to ranked voting requiring the voters to go to the polls and reject their legislature's arrogance. I am surprised that big money was not sufficient to make the voters big stupid.

Perhaps legislatures should be subject to capital punishment when they openly break the rule of law and stumble over themselves to defy the will of the people.

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I agree with the article, but why stop there? Perhaps we should rewrite the entire Constitution to make the USA more democratic. For example, the legislature is hampered by a mechanism parallel to the Electoral College, namely the US Senate. Abolishing this anachronism in favor of a unicameral legislature (preferably chosen through Proportional Representation) would strengthen Congress against an imperial POTUS. We could also devise methods for electing rather than appointing the cabinet to further reign in the executive.

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People should have referendums (or is it referenda) on many things.

However, leading the country should be doing things that people would do if they knew what the issue is (which they usually don't) not doing what they would do with their current understanding.

Also, making abrupt moves every once in a while is wrong, certain continuity is needed.

Think about Brexit.

How about Swiss vote on minarets :

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Swiss_minaret_referendum

"The federal popular initiative "against the construction of minarets" was a successful popular initiative in Switzerland to prevent the construction of minarets on mosques . In a November 2009 referendum , a constitutional amendment banning the construction of new minarets was approved by 57.5% of the participating voters.[1] Only three of the twenty Swiss cantons and one half canton,[2] mostly in the French-speaking part of Switzerland , opposed the initiative.

This referendum originates from action on 1 May 2007, when a group of right of centre politicians mainly from the Swiss People's Party and the Federal Democratic Union , the Egerkinger Komittee ("Egerkingen Committee") launched a federal popular initiative that sought a constitutional ban on minarets. The minaret at the mosque of the local Turkish cultural association in Wangen bei Olten is the initial motivation for the initiative.

The Swiss government recommended that the proposed amendment be rejected as inconsistent with basic principles of the constitution.[3] But after the results were tabulated, the government immediately announced that the ban was in effect.[4]

As of the date of the 2009 vote, there were four minarets in Switzerland, attached to mosques in Zurich , Geneva , Winterthur and Wangen bei Olten . These existing minarets were not affected by the ban, as they had already been constructed. "

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