Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The mess that is the Electoral College

A lot of people have problems with the unfairness of the Electoral College, the method we use to elect presidents. It was intentionally designed to be unfair, to give more electoral power to small states, who feared they would be overwhelmed by large states. My blog buddy Distributor Cap shows numerically how that planned unfairness of the 18th Century works in 21st Century. Small states back then were small because of geography, less square mileage than large states. Now many "small" states are small because they are geographically large but unable to attract and keep population, either because of inhospitable weather or lack of an employment base. (Inhospitable weather had something to do with the situation back in the 18th Century, too, but not as much as now.)

Conservatives also think the electoral college is unfair because they can't win California. Trying to get around this, they want to change the law in the state to make our electoral college electors split by congressional district, effectively giving the Republicans 20 or so more electoral college votes which have been out of reach to them for several elections in a row. The Los Angeles Times political blog reported that the attempt to get this initiative on the ballot is out of cash, but the more savvy Brad Blog tells us there are two different attempts to get the same proposition on the ballot, and the second attempt is not out of cash.

If it gets on the ballot in the summer primary, it could effect the 2008 presidential election. If it gets on the November ballot, it might effect 2012. There is talk that it is unconstitutional, but I'm not sure how. It's not against the U.S. Constitution, since there are small states (Nebraska and Maine) that do something like this, but it might go against the California constitution, which is a huge bloated thing which gets a little more bloated every time a voter's initiative passes.

There were stories that some of the signature gatherers for this thing were claiming to be passing around an initiative that would fund children's cancer research, but below the paper the voters would sign, the carbon was a signature for this Republican power grab. There just doesn't seem to be a single story about Republican politics right now that doesn't make them look like ruthless scumbags.

I'll keep you posted.

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Anonymous said...

They are "ruthless scumbags."

dguzman said...

Nothing would surprise me, and I apply this reaction to both what the repubs do and what the dems do; however, the dems' covert actions are nowhere near as scumbag and reprehensible as the parlor tricks from repubs.

Matty Boy said...

I've said it before. I try to put myself in the conservative mindset from time to time, but I have a hard time understanding how honest people are still with the Republican Party these days, except those who are completely brainwashed that the Dems are evil and must be stopped by any means necessary.

Sadly, this is a bigger percentage of the public than we might imagine.

FranIAm said...

I love that you put this up but I hate that it happens.