The head of the House Democratic campaign arm this week proposed a constitutional amendment that would give the winner of the popular vote in the presidential race an additional 29 electoral votes. Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) did not offer an explanation in the joint resolution filed in the House for why he was proposing to change the way elections in the U.S. are decided. Under the Constitution, the candidate who wins at least 270 electoral votes wins the presidency, regardless of the popular vote. The prospect of a split between the popular vote and the Electoral College usually provokes cries
He doesn't have to offer an explanation - the intent is crystal clear.
Imagine a few hundred thousand 'extra' votes from 'deep blue' areas: Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, ... virtually any large metro city can easily stuff ballot boxes, and who would be the wiser, since they're all typically leftist voting blocks?
It makes stealing an election just that much easier for the leftists.
No way, Electoral college makes sure that little States aka fly over country has a say in the Federal government. We are ready messed it up by changing Senate seat being appointed by State legislator to direct popular election. Our system of Government was designed to let the people control part of Government (House of Reps) and the States had a say in how Governmetn ran (senate)this was to make sure that Senators were beholding to the State and not a Party.
Why 29 votes? Knowing Dhims like I do, there IS an ulterior motive. What I suspect is that someone somewhere someone has figured out that 29 votes would guarantee a win in a close electoral election. The 29 electoral vote is guaranteed to overcome one or more states in the electoral college.
"IF" I were going to make a recommendation, it would be to award "ONE" electoral vote to the popular vote winner eliminating any possibility of an electoral tie.
The purpose of the electoral system was to make sure politicians didn't buy the votes of big states by giving them special favors and ignoring the little states. If we got rid of the electoral system then states like Wyoming would get nothing at all while the bigger states would get all the bridges, military bases, highways, art centers, and other gifts.
Yesterday, on one of the Fox morning shows, a Dem operative made a statement to effect that Romney would 'probably' win the popular vote but 0bama would win the Electoral vote. Now this Is-un-real proposed "Amendment". Just like the National Popular Vote Initiative, another push to end the Electoral College system, institute nation-wide systemic voter fraud and destroy the last vestiges of State sovereignty.
Interesting actually. The popular vote has gone to the losing candidate has won the popular vote only four times. the first three times before the civil war and the last time in 2000.
It is actually quite hard to come up with a scenario where this would help the Dem. Because california, being an almost certain Dem pickup gives them 20% of the votes they need to win. That huge advantage would be very difficult to overcome and is one reason the electoral map always looks so much more difficult for the Republican than the Dem (the other two reasons are New York and Illinois, those three states alone guarantee the dems 104 electoral votes, 40% of what they need.) Even a 60/40 split in these states gives the republican a LOT of votes.
So it is FAR FAR FAR more likely a republican could win the popular vote and lose the election than the other way around.
But I too am vexed by that Odd number 29, the same number as Florida and New York get, and more than 46 of the rest of the states get. In reality is is simply a backdoor way to eliminate the electoral college since any race that was that close would be decided by only a small handfull of electoral votes.
It would also make the big cities the single most important voting block. I think we just found our answer.
On a whim I just did a quick search on the electoral college results for every Presidential election. In all of our modern history (since 1840 anyway) only one election was won by less than 29 electoral votes, Bush in 20000 who only won by 5. In every other election the winning candidate Always had an electoral marging far greater than 29. So this amendmant is completely useless, a half cracked attempt to address a non problem more than a decade after the non event.
Amazing, the left is truly delusional over that 2000 election.
Good idea, but ONLY if we clean up the voter registration rolls to eliminate non-citizens, deceased people, people incapacitated in nursing homes, multiple registrtations by same individual, AND require voter ID.
The Dems can pull a 10% over-vote in Chicago, NY, LA, Detroit, Phila, DC, Boston and walk off with the election.
It is NOT a good idea. It represents the first step towards a total popular vote which makes the center of the country away from the high-population cities irrelevant which is just what the Democrats want.
Just the fact that the democrats are pushing for popular vote should cue people into how bad an idea this is. We have the electoral college for a reason. If you don't understand what that reason is, maybe you should educate yourself.
Absolutely not. Endless campaigning along the Eastern Seaboard and the Left Coast; the rest of the country gets to watch. These people already bring us "the news" and shape the culture; what a mess they've made of it all.
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