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Tansy_Gold Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-22-03 09:16 PM
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2. Consider the obstacles. . ..
To do away with the electoral college would require a Constitutional Amendment.

The electoral college gives a great deal of power to a lot of very small (population) states. Elimination of the electoral college and a switch to a straight popular vote in a presidential election would eliminate any need for candidates to consider the needs, wants, or even rights of the people of those states. And those are the very states that would have to ratify such an amendment. Do you really think they'd vote to make themselves irrelevant?

The electoral college -- as angry as we get over it -- serves a very valuable purpose in maintaining a balance of power between the big population states and the smaller ones. And that's one of the cornerstones of our government, that there will never be a tyranny of the majority.

Just something to think about.
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