Re: Article: Abolish the Electoral College

From: <dr-jekyll_at_att_dot_net>
Date: Mon Aug 30 2004 - 22:53:19 CDT

The Electoral College helps protect from voter fraud by insulating one State from voter fraud in another State. No matter how many ballots get stuffed into the ballot boxes at State X, that doesn't do one bit of harm to the electoral votes in State Y. If we voted in a common, nation-wide pool, stuffing the ballot box in a few key major population centers could throw the whole thing.

If you think a State-wide recount is a pain in the neck, try a nation-wide recount.

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-------------- Original message from David Mertz : -------------- 
> On Aug 30, 2004, at 11:19 PM, David Weintraub wrote: 
> > The Electoral College has out lived its usefulness and is bound to 
> > cause major political mayhem one of these days, I'd say it's time to 
> > get rid of it. 
> Well... OK, go for it. All you need is 2/3 vote in the House and in 
> the Senate, and majority approval by 3/4 of the state legislatures. 
> If you can get the amendment proposed in the legislature of 
> Massachusetts, I'll even write a letter of support to my State Senator. 
> Well... maybe, it depends on what your amendment suggests instead. 
> > I don't have a lack of respect. The writers of the Constitution had a 
> > very difficult job, and everything was against them. However, the 
> > Constitution was not a gift from the deities, but a political document 
> > full of compromises. 
> True enough, BTW. One of the rather good parts of the design, in my 
> mind, is that it's relatively hard to change. 
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