A few questions and comments:
- Why is the Presidency the only office determined by the electoral college? Why not determine House and Senate seats in the same way? Why does no other modern government employ an electoral college?
- Here’s a really good piece that quotes the founding fathers and explains how they never imagined how undemocratic our election system has become: http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/electoral-college-turns-a-win-to-a-loss-806344259882
- If every vote should count and every vote should be counted, why is a vote in Wyoming three and a half times more influential than my vote in California? http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/02/opinion/02cowan.html
- Currently the small states have all the power to affect the nomination process. Why is it preferable to give them inordinate amounts of power and attention, while the bulk of the voters in the nation’s largest state are ignored? Republicans consistently go as far right as possible to win the early primaries (and then pretend they didn’t make those promises during the general election.) If they had to win in California and New York early, they would have a better chance of fielding moderate candidates that would have a better chance of winning the general election (Republicans have lost the popular vote in six of the last seven elections, and have had no problem in shutting down the government two or three times. Why continue using a system that perpetuates extremism and irresponsible behavior?)
- The largest urban areas have the highest concentration of well educated voters. They are the least influenced by media distortions and misleading advertising. The complexity and length of our state and county propositions in my sample ballot was breathtaking. The time and energy to sort through everything is hard enough for someone who is college educated. I can’t even imagine how less educated people come to a decision.