You Got to Be Kidding Me!

An “Insurrection” Against the Electoral College

Posted in 2008 Election, Politics by Stacy McMahon on April 11, 2007

According to Andrew Sullivan, Marlyand is leading the charge to replace the electoral college with direct popular election. But something’s not quite right:

The measure would award Maryland’s 10 electoral votes to the national popular vote winner. The plan would only take effect if states representing a majority of the nation’s 538 electoral votes decided to make the same change.

Is it just me or is that potentially even worse? Right now, all Maryland’s electoral votes go to the popular winner in Maryland, but under this scheme Maryland could unanimously vote one way, and all the electoral votes go the other way if that’s how the majority of non-Marylanders voted.

I don’t think this is necessary anyway. The idea is to force politicians to campaign in “safe” states just as much as elsewhere, but safe states aren’t locked in the cooler — they’re safe because their majority doesn’t see any current issue worth getting riled up about. Disenfranchising that majority because the minority wants to shake things up is anti-democratic and myopic to boot. What goes around comes around, and I doubt the politicians promoting this harebrained idea would be too happy if a national popular majority went GOP and wiped out the votes of Maryland’s solid Democratic majority.


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  1. Clint said, on April 11, 2007 at 2:10 pm

    That’s definitely a sticky wicket.

    I guess it’s easier to ask for reform if no one knows whether it will be good or bad.. hehehehehhe.

    I think it should more be about MARYLAND’s popular vote winner, not the national one.

    It’s still possibly a step in the right direction.

    The democratic Maryland votes would still be counted — just as part of the aggregate for the whole country.

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