Friday, June 2, 2017

Imagine a world without the Electoral College

Hillary would be in the White House.

And nobody would be writing stuff like this, a "why Democrats lose" article absurdly indistinguishable from what would have been written if the US president was chosen by a national popular majority and Trump had won that election.

Yes, yes.

Too many whites are racist and sexist, but that is not why Trump is in the White House.

Trump is in the White House because the US constitution does not award the presidency to the national popular vote winner.

We should do it like the French.

The national popular vote winner gets the job, provided he gets more than half the votes.

If no one gets more than half the votes then another vote is held to decide between the two candidates who did best in the first vote.

And while we're at it we can exclude from eligibility anyone who has not been elected to the senate or a governorship and served a full term, or twice in succession been elected to and served a full term in a seat in the house.

That would keep out at least some of the most notably idiotic and disgraceful amateurs beloved of the brainless fans of reality TV.

And create a commission to enforce eligibility requirements, since nobody right now seems to have that job.

Though, of course, this is a change that will never happen.

1 comment:

  1. The National Popular Vote bill is 61% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by changing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

    All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.

    Every vote, everywhere, for every candidate, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election.
    No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps of predictable outcomes.
    No more handful of 'battleground' states (where the two major political parties happen to have similar levels of support) where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 38+ predictable states that have just been 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.

    The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of the electoral votes—270 of 538.
    All of the presidential electors from the enacting states will be supporters of the presidential candidate receiving the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC)—thereby guaranteeing that candidate with an Electoral College majority.

    The bill was approved in 2016 by a unanimous bipartisan House committee vote in both Georgia (16 electoral votes) and Missouri (10).
    The bill has passed 35 state legislative chambers in 23 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 261 electoral votes.
    The bill has been enacted by 11 small, medium, and large jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the way to guaranteeing the presidency to the candidate with the most popular votes in the country