Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 18 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 3/16/19

Electoral or Popular Vote for President? Can Americans do Fractions?

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)     (# of views)   7 comments
Author 81977
Message Gary Flomenhoft
Become a Fan
  (1 fan)

United States electoral college, votes by state LOC 2008626928
United States electoral college, votes by state LOC 2008626928
(Image by Wikipedia (commons.wikimedia.org))
  Details   DMCA

Bush II and Trump were both elected President by winning the electoral college, while losing the popular vote. Putting aside voter suppression, caging, registration stripping, removing voting booths in Democratic districts, interstate crosscheck, and other tricks Republicans engaged in (See gregpalast.com), does this really represent the will of the people? No, not really. It's a perverse result, but let's not throw out the electoral college baby with the plurality takes-all bathwater, that really needs to go.

I've been told that one reason for the Electoral college is that the first 5 or so elections would have been decided by New York City otherwise. Everyone agrees it's meant to give smaller, rural states more say in our federal system. Full disclosure, I'm from a small state (Vermont), so I like the concept. But as in all other "winner takes all" elections in the US, the outcome is idiotic if the "winner" is allowed to win with a plurality. Let me give you some examples:

Colorado 1992:
Bill Clinton gets 40.13% of the vote, George HW Bush gets 35.87% of the vote, and Ross Perot gets 23.32% of the vote.

Do the math: 35.87 (Bush) + 23.32 (Perot) = 59.19% of the people voted against Clinton and he still wins all 8 electoral votes. That's a landslide against Clinton. How stupid is that? See for yourself: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_United_States_presidential_election_in_Colorado

How about 1980 in Massachusetts: Reagan gets 41.90%, Carter gets 41.75%, and Independent John Anderson gets 15.15%.

Do the math: 41.75 (Carter) + 15.15 (Anderson) = 56.9% voted against Reagan and he still wins all 14 electoral votes. Really dumb.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980_United_States_presidential_election_in_Massachusetts

How about the pivotal Florida "hanging chad" election in 2000 decided by the Supreme Court stopping the recount:

George W. Bush 48.847%, Al Gore 48.838%, Ralph Nader 1.635%, and other candidates .68%.
Do the math: 48.838 (Gore) + 1.635 (Nader) + .68 (others) = 51.153% voted against Bush and he still wins all 25 electoral votes. Winner takes all is a total farce.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_United_States_presidential_election_in_Florida

The country is not blue and red by state. Every state is a purple mix:
US voter Registration by county:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_states_and_blue_states#/media/File:Gastner_map_purple_byarea_bycounty.png

Nebraska and Maine already allocate some electoral votes by Congressional District. The solution is much simpler. Allocate electoral votes by percentage of the vote received. I know that's proportional representation, and it's something those libtard, communist, pinko, fags in Europe and nearly every other democracy in the world use, but maybe that's not the problem. Maybe Americans just can't do fractions?

Let's go back to Colorado in 1992:

Next Page  1  |  2

 

Must Read 1   Inspiring 1   Valuable 1  
Rate It | View Ratings

Gary Flomenhoft Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Gary Flomenhoft is a Vermont decentralist and secessionist who denies the legitimacy of the US government, which consistently commits all four Nuremburg war crimes: crimes against peace (aggressive war), conspiracy to commit crimes against (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Why There Will Never Be Gun Control In The US

How To Explain Complicity Of "Liberals" In The War Crimes Of Obama/Clinton and sudden outrage over Trump's Travel Ban

Electoral or Popular Vote for President? Can Americans do Fractions?

A Tale of Two Parties and the end of "Winner Takes all"

Greens vs Democrats, the categorical vs hypothetical imperative

A New Perspective on Campaign Finance