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Sunday, August 12, 2018

"Fixing" The Electoral College

For John, BLUFThe Electoral College serves an important function, in ensuring the smaller and less populated states feel they have a stake in the larger Federal Government.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From The Boston Globe, by Globe Staff Member Michael Levenson, 10 August 2018.

Here is the lede plus one:

A Harvard Law professor, former governor William F. Weld, and Al Gore’s onetime attorney are making a long-shot bid to change the Electoral College system, arguing that it encourages presidential candidates to devote all their time to a handful of swing states and ignore the vast majority of the country.

The high-powered group is suing two blue states, Massachusetts and California, and two red states, Texas and South Carolina, arguing that the winner-take-all system that they and 44 other states use to allocate electors to the Electoral College effectively disenfranchises millions of voters who back the losing candidates.

For Massachusetts it meant rounding up three non-Democrats to file suit against the Commonwealth.  They even found a Republican Student at Harvard who joined the suit.

Sure, this might be a good idea, but having the courts force it seems like a vote of no-confidence is the legislative process.  Why go to a Federal Court to deal with something the General Court could fix itself.  Are we in some sort of "death pact" with most of the other states, where we cannot take the lead without hurting ourselves (or the Democratic Party)?

Regards  —  Cliff

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