'Get Rid of the Electoral College'

"No candidate without major party backing can be president if we don’t get rid of the Electoral College."

According to Michael Medved contributor to Newsweek The Daily Beast; "No candidate without major party backing can be president if we don’t get rid of the Electoral College."

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What is the Electoral College?

27 states have Legal Requirements or Pledges
Electors in these States are bound by State Law or by pledges to cast their vote for a specific candidate:

24 states have No Legal Requirement
Electors in these States are not bound by State Law to cast their vote for a specific candidate:

For more information on the Electoral College and the election responsibilities of the States and the Archivist of the United States, contact the Office of the Federal Register:

Telephone: 202-741-6030

E-Mail: electoral_College@nara.gov


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    Michael F. Kenney October 24, 2012 at 12:53 PM
    Our Republic was modeled after the governments of ancient Greece and Rome. Greece was a “pure” democracy where each man had a single vote. Women could not vote. Rome was a “representative” democracy “which had representatives from the nobility in the Senate and representatives from the commoners in the Assembly. Governmental power was divided between these two branches and they voted on various issues.” (1) Women eventually got the right to vote. The concept of a representative democracy fits our Republic well hence the reason why the founding fathers adopted it. It works well for electing representatives to Congress but not for the presidency. What our founders never anticipated was the disproportionate population among the states where 13 states with the greatest populations would be all that was needed to pick a president (270 electoral college votes is the magic number). The idea that 13 states should rule the election process is ludicrous at best. It’s time that we dump the Roman approach and embraced the one vote per citizen policy that Greece used. The “popular vote” should be the election standard in this country.


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