Dear Michigan Republicans – Don’t Mess with the Electoral College!

Messing with the Electoral College is a constitutionally stupid idea. If you want to fix what’s wrong in Washington, D.C., start by repealing the 17th Amendment, which robbed states of their representation in Washington by taking the election of U.S. senators away from state legislatures where it belongs.

Then, demand that Congress do what it historically did after each US. Census until 1920, which was to vote to increase the number of representatives proportional to population growth. In the original 1789 Congress, each member of Congress represented 60,000 people. By 1900 that had crept up to about 100,000 or so people per House seat.

Since then, the size of the House has not effectively increased with population, and so representation has been seriously diluted down to about 800,000 people per seat. That’s not “representation” at all in my opinion.

Only after fixing those to progressive/Woodrow Wilson-era mistakes should we consider doing anything to the Electoral College.

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2 Responses to Dear Michigan Republicans – Don’t Mess with the Electoral College!

  1. otto says:

    Instead, The National Popular Vote bill would make every vote, everywhere, politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps of pre-determined outcomes. There would no longer be a handful of ‘battleground’ states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states, like Michigan, that now are just ‘spectators’ and ignored after the conventions.

    National Popular Vote would guarantee the majority of Electoral College votes, and thus the presidency, to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by replacing state winner-take-all laws for awarding electoral votes.

    The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of Electoral College votes—that is, enough to elect a President (270 of 538). The candidate receiving the most popular votes from all 50 states (and DC) would get all the 270+ electoral votes of the enacting states.

    The presidential election system, using the 48 state winner-take-all method or district winner method of awarding electoral votes, that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founders. It is the product of decades of change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.

    The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founders in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. States can, and have, changed their method of awarding electoral votes over the years. Historically, major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided).

    Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in every state surveyed recently. In virtually every of the 39 states surveyed, overall support has been in the 70-80% range or higher. – in recent or past closely divided battleground states, in rural states, in small states, in Southern and border states, in big states, and in other states polled.

    Obvious partisan machinations, like those proposed now in Michigan’s lame duck session, should add support for the National Popular Vote movement. If the party in control in each state is tempted every 2, 4, or 10 years (post-census) to consider rewriting election laws with an eye to the likely politically beneficial effects for their party in the next presidential election, then the National Popular Vote system, in which all voters across the country are guaranteed to be politically relevant and treated equally, is needed now more than ever.

    Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.

    The bill has passed 33 state legislative chambers in 22 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 250 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 11 jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.


    • It’s good to see that the deep pockets of those you support the extra-constitutional gutting of the Electoral College are continuing to fund the distribution of their message, even on such quiet little outposts like the Designated Conservatives.

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