NY Times: Fix the Electoral College or Abolish It

August 31, 2019   |   by James G. Dalton

The Electoral College, which has elected every U.S. president in history, needs to be either changed or scrapped altogether, The New York Times editorial board is arguing.

The Times published an editorial Friday morning that centers on a recent federal court ruling that said state electors can vote for whoever they want, rather than the candidate voters their states choose. And even though these faithless electors could throw some wrinkles into the presidential election process, particularly in a close race, the Times argued that the real issue is the approach the far majority of states take — the winner-take-all rule.

With the exception of Maine and Nebraska, electors vote for the candidate who won the states’ popular vote. This system can lead to a candidate winning the national popular vote but losing the election because of how the Electoral College is structured, as was the case in the 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000, and 2016.

The Times editorial board argued that the system needs an overhaul.

“The winner-take-all rule encourages campaigns to focus on closely divided battleground states, where a swing of even a few hundred votes can move a huge bloc of electors — creating presidents out of popular-vote losers, like George W. Bush and Donald Trump. This violates the central democratic (or, if you prefer, Republican) premises of political equality and majority rule,” the Times wrote.

“What most people don’t realize is that the winner-take-all rule exists nowhere in the Constitution. It’s a pure creation of the states. They can award their electors by congressional district, as Maine and Nebraska do, or in proportion to the state’s popular vote, as several states have considered.”

Another idea being pitched is the National Popular Vote interstate compact, which would require electors to vote for whichever candidate earns the most votes nationwide.

The Times closed by arguing that change to the Electoral College is necessary.

“The College has survived not because it makes sense, but because one party or the other has believed it gives them an advantage,” the editorial reads. “That may be smart politics, but it’s terrible for a democracy.”

via newsmax

Recent Comments

  1. Kristin Decker

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    August 31, 2019 @ 4:45 pm

    Keep the electoral college as is.

    • Michael Parks

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      September 1, 2019 @ 11:07 am

      The faction of our country which defeated the British Empire and delivered sovereign authority to our Constitutional Republic to the elective will of its citizens is same faction which which wants the electoral college left the way it is. Those who wish it changed would have sided with international interests if born in an earlier era.

  2. FRANK FIGUEROA

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    August 31, 2019 @ 6:03 pm

    NEEDS NO CHANGE THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH IT, JUST REALIZE YOU LOST
    THE ELECTION & MR. TRUMP IS OUR PRESIDENT LIVE WITH IT, AND THANK GOD.
    THERE IS NO PROBLEM IF YOU GET READ OF FAKE NEWS. GOD BLESS YOU, I REALLY MEAN THAT.

  3. Chastran

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    August 31, 2019 @ 11:53 pm

    NYT azzholes, it ain’t broke and doesn’t need fixing. It’s working exactly the way our forefathers intended…

  4. TED SUPULSKI

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    September 1, 2019 @ 2:51 pm

    Leave the the ELECTORAL COLLEGE alone!, you’ve doing enough BS to our country?, bye NOT DOING YOUR JOBS?, get on with life!. Allow our country to PROSPER. God Bless America.

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