Maine was the first state to allot their votes that way, Nebraska
is second. The winner of each congressional district in Nebraska gets
one electoral vote. The overall winner gets the two votes
representing the two senators. Obama got 1 electoral college vote
last election, McCain got 4.
The mitigating fact is that the states won't award electoral votes based on
national vote until enough states pass such a constitutional amendment to give
the needed electoral votes. It's not *that* dumb. Misguided, to be sure.
A state diluting what electoral votes it has is just plain *stupid*.
I would suggest that apportioning does exactly the opposite. Currently
you get a few big EC states that get all the attention because it is
winner take all. The candidates can, and do, ignore most of the others.
With votes apportioned in some manner, smaller states become more
important again as every COngressional district is theoretically in
play. Would also make election night much more interesting.
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Actually, no. The bubble states get the attention.
The popular vote would make sure the small states in flyover country would get
No, it's actually just the opposite. Popular vote would concentrate the
interest in the large metropolitan areas, leaving flyover country without
representation at all. The founders didn't just throw together the
Constitution. There was a *lot* of thought put into this.
Small states have a far larger representation in Congress (and the Electoral
College) relative to their size, than large states. This wasn't done by
I think you win that round!
The number of people who support it in a poll is a little less than
that 4yr old Wash. Post poll-- but still a majority-
That said, IME, most casual observers think the Electoral College is
outdated. Most folks who take the time to study the *why* it is
there, and the *how* it usually works, support keeping it. I'm one
of the converts.
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