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I vote in favor of this proposal and think it should be moved on to the third stage of the Roundtables.
Andrew Evans-Whig member
The Electoral College is fundamentally undemocratic.
The United States Electoral College has served to make the United States the only democracy in the world in which someone can assume the highest position of public office without receiving the most votes. This system has undermined the democratic power of the People in presidential elections (e.g., Bush v. Gore, 2000) by allowing a candidate to take the presidency without receiving a simple majority of the national Popular Vote.
The present Electoral College system has enabled (or could possibly enable) the following to occur:
-The national Popular Vote to become irrelevant, thus defying the most fundamental principle of democracy: One Person, One Vote.
-Presidential candidates to focus exclusively on large swing states, ignoring nearly four-fifths of voters.
-A presidential candidate to win the election by winning only eleven states and ignoring the rest of the country. If a candidate were to take California (55), Texas (38), New York (29), Florida (29), Illinois (20), Pennsylvania (20), Ohio (18), Michigan (16), Georgia (16), North Carolina (15), and New Jersey (14), that ticket would receive 270 electoral votes, enough to claim victory.
-Lower voter turnout and participation in comparison to other democratic nations, as voter turnout is largely insignificant in states that house entrenched political party domination.
-Obscurity of disenfranchisement within states, as a state's electoral vote remains the same regardless of voter turnout. If a state were to suppress voters through various means of disenfranchising specific minority groups, the electoral vote count would remain the same, but the candidate to which those votes are allocated could ultimately be manipulated.
-A structural disadvantage for third parties via the First-Past-the-Post model.
The 1787 Constitutional Convention approved the Committee of Eleven's recommendation that the office of President be elected by a group of people apportioned among the States in the same numbers as their representatives to the U.S. Congress.
All eligible voters in the United States, and by extension all American citizens, are impacted by the presidential election, as the result plays a role in the direction of future national policy.
Primary: The Office of the Federal Register (link: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/)
Secondary: Discover Magazine (link: http://discovermagazine.com/2004/sep/math-against-tyranny#.UR69oqVQFK8)
Designer: James Egnor-Keil (james [dot] ryan [dot] ekgmail [dot] com)