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Speaking to Silicon Valley's wealthiest, presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg says democracy must be a value, not just a system

Original post made on Dec 17, 2019

With less than a year left until the general election, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg outlined his vision for the nation on Monday, and it includes one bold proposal: doing away with the Electoral College.

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Posted by Susan Anthony
a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2019 at 12:36 pm

Now we need to urge state legislators, in states with the 74 more electoral votes needed, to enact the National Popular Vote bill.

There have been hundreds of unsuccessful proposed amendments to modify or abolish the Electoral College - more than any other subject of Constitutional reform.
To abolish the Electoral College would need a constitutional amendment, and could be stopped by states with as little as 3% of the U.S. population.

Instead, state legislation, The National Popular Vote bill is 73% of the way to guaranteeing the majority of Electoral College votes and the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by replacing state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but later enacted by 48 states), without changing anything in the Constitution, using the built-in method that the Constitution provides for states to make changes.

It requires enacting states with 270 electoral votes to award their electoral votes to the winner of the most national popular votes.

All voters would be valued equally in presidential elections, no matter where they live.
Candidates, as in other elections, would allocate their time, money, polling, organizing, and ad buys roughly in proportion to the population

Every vote, in every state, for every candidate, would be politically relevant and equal in every presidential election.
No more distorting, crude, and divisive red and blue state maps of predictable outcomes, that don’t represent any minority party voters within each state.
No more handful of 'battleground' states (where the two major political parties happen to have similar levels of support) where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 38+ predictable winner states that have just been 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.
We can limit the power and influence of a few battleground states in order to better serve our nation.

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Posted by Ehren
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Dec 17, 2019 at 10:09 pm

Too many people like Mayor Pete and the contributor above make long-winded arguments about the problems with the Electoral College. It’s all noise. They don’t like the result so they want to change the system. The EC is doing just what it was intended to do: prevent a few heavily populated states from dominating all presidential elections.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of Woodside High School
on Dec 18, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Ehren, True democracy is the will of the people. The electoral college is the will of the elite to control the will of the people. DNC and RNC are corporations that have controlled and manipulated our elections for decades!

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Posted by one person, one vote
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Dec 18, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Ehren - do you believe in democracy?

One person, one vote? It's okay, be honest, some people don't believe in it.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 19, 2019 at 8:57 am

Ehren - popular vote means that a citizen's vote for president - regardless of what state they live in - counts as much as anyone else's vote. Every state is filled with people who have different opinions; the electoral college means that people in the minority opinion of large states - in California's case, Republicans - do not get their opinion heard. The electoral college was intended to work differently that it currently does - i.e., people vote for actual electors who choose on behalf of them; if you consider the wisdom of the writers of the Constitution to be infinite, you go back to that. Granted, I think many people are motivated to change the system because they don't like Trump, rather than their misgivings about the system itself; however, it's not unreasonable to think a popular vote is appropriate for a winner-take-all position like the presidency. Being in favor of the popular vote doesn't mean you don't accept the previous election was won by the rules. The Senate is a much better mechanism for assuring that representation is distributed regionally than the electoral vote for the presidency.

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Posted by Enzo Lucas
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 19, 2019 at 9:48 pm

One person = one vote.

Every vote should be equal.

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