While there are plenty of things I would like to change in this world (many have already been covered), I’m going to go with abolish the electoral college in this post.
The electoral college was implemented back when it was not feasible to necessarily have a full popular vote. In today’s modern information society, this is obviously possible. We do not need states to “elect” a president to represent them, the people do.
I know electoral college proponents claim that people living outside the major metropolitan areas will be ignored by the candidates. As the graphic below shows that happens currently. As a resident of Ohio and student in Pennsylvania, I’ve thankfully had a chance to have a meaningful vote in my one presidential election, but what about a Democrat in the Sunbelt? Or a Republican in California?
States get plenty of chances to influence national politics through the Senate and House, they do not need a seemingly symbolic influence on the presidential race. Also, electoral rules and enforcement for voters and the EC vary from state to state. Two states, Nebraska and Maine, split up their electoral vote! Unlike any other state.
As a closing thought, the logistics are possible today (and we would avoid the fiascoes from Florida and Ohio in the ’00 and ’04 elections). Put the power of the most powerful office in the world in the people, not the states. Oh and as the links below show, it’s what Americans want.
- The Mathematical Case Against The Electoral College (pinkbananaworld.com)
- Sixty-Two Percent support swapping Electoral College with National Popular Vote. (thewesternexperience.com)
- Most Americans want popular presidential vote (cbsnews.com)