Re: election: I wonder...

From: Dave Sill (
Date: Wed Nov 08 2000 - 22:31:57 MST

Brian D Williams <> wrote:
> I detest the electoral system, I'm a firm believer in the popular
> vote. The fact that I voted for Bush notwithstanding.

I like the Electoral College. The U.S. is not just a homogeneous pool of
citizens, it's an agglomeration of the 50 states (plus D.C.), and the
Electoral College guarantees that presidential candidates will have to court
voters in many states. If the election was decided by the popular vote, many
states would be left out since the candidates would, naturally, concentrate
their campaigns on urban areas.

If a candidate wins by the Electoral vote but loses the popular vote, it
doesn't mean the Electoral College has failed, it means it's succeeded in
balancing the power between urban and rural states.


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