Making Everyone’s Vote Count
By now it is typical for people to wish the campaign were over and complain about all the ads and robocalls. But if you live in states such as Texas, New York, Oklahoma, or Vermont, you’ve barely experienced the presidential campaign. In fact, you’d be excused if you thought President Obama and Governor Romney were running for President of Ohio. Rep. Steve Israel has a plan to correct this:
The head of the House Democratic campaign arm this week proposed a constitutional amendment that would give the winner of the popular vote in the presidential race an additional 29 electoral votes.
Now, this is not a particularly elegant solution (why 29 votes?) and I prefer this one, but at least it brings us closer to a true democracy. Maybe if (unlikely though it may be) President Obama loses the popular vote but wins the electoral one, we can start to move toward bipartisan support for weakening or doing away with the electoral college.