Friday, October 29, 2004

Tracking the outdated, and needing to be disolved Electoral Collage

This is an interesting location the web. Tracking what way the states will go if the local popular votes swing toward the trends in the polls. Remember one trick, pollsters get to poll whomever they want, and they never tell you who they called up or who answered them or who refused to answer them....

2 comments:

windspike said...

Finally the press is picking up on this. Check out this article from the LA Times on 31 Oct:

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-op-rakove31oct31.story

Slice:

"...Logic alone would never be sufficient. Compelling evidence of the need for change would also be needed. This requires hoping that the electoral college misfires another time, as it did in 2000, when it gave an electoral majority to George W. Bush and a popular plurality to Al Gore..."

windspike said...

Another person jumping on the dump the Electoral College bandwagon:

in the NYTimes today: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/06/opinion/06sat2.html?th

Slice

Campaign stops aren't the point of a presidential election anyway. Whatever system a democracy uses should encourage the candidates to develop programs that consider the needs of all citizens. The idea that it's only the Electoral College that forces American politicians to worry about rural areas is ridiculous. President Bush won the popular vote because of a strong outpouring of support from rural America, and the Democrats are wringing their hands over Mr. Kerry's failure to come up with a message rural voters wanted to hear.

Allowing the president of the United States to be chosen by popular vote wouldn't deprive any segment of the population of power. It would deal a body blow only to some special interests that currently luxuriate in being able to wield disproportionate influence in swing states: the sugar lobby, the Cuban refugee bloc and the gun lobby, to name just a few. It would be a small acknowledgement that the United States really does believe in one person one vote, even though the United States Senate allots the same quota of two seats to a state with fewer than half a million people and to a state with 34 million.