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March 16, 2006
Drop Out

I don't agree.

The Electoral College continues today to do what it was designed to do. To make sure that the wishes of states with smaller populations carry some weight in Presidential elections.

Eliminating the College and going to a strictly popular-vote system could leave the voters of less-populated (or comparatively less-populated) states out in the cold. The names of "battleground" states would change, but that's about all.

Posted by AnneZook at 07:54 AM


Well, part of the problem is that the less-populated areas have come to have more say than the areas of higher population. As long as they have proportional representation in the House of Reps, they won't be without a voice, but they have way too much sway as far as the Electoral College goes.

Posted by: Elayne Riggs at March 16, 2006 12:14 PM

I don't know that I agree with that. Less-populated areas don't have more of a say than others.

They have proportionately more of a say, but that's the way the system is supposed to work.

We're a nation of people and states. And just because some people live in less-populated states, maybe with different priorities than the folks in highly populated areas, doesn't mean they shouldn't get a say in elections. The electoral college means Montana counts for something in a Federal election. Both the state of Montana's needs count and the people of Montana's needs count.

Posted by: Anne at March 16, 2006 07:16 PM