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originally posted by: VictorVonDoom
Or, they could be split up in proportion to the popular vote in the state—so if a candidate gets 48% of the vote, he gets 48% of the electoral votes.
Is it just me, or does that sound perfectly reasonable?
I'll respond here, but it applies to your other posts as well. The popular vote is a slippery slope and why the Founders didn't choose to go that route. They were intelligent people,; much more intelligent than those we have in Washington these days. So you would choose to be a "pure democracy" vs a republic? That has consequences and is only desirable when issues are favorable to your political bent. This nation has always considered the voices of the less represented. In a pure democracy they would be silenced.
originally posted by: mvymvy
a reply to: Bilk22
In 1969, The U.S. House of Representatives voted for a national popular vote by a 338–70 margin. It was endorsed by Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and various members of Congress who later ran for Vice President and President such as then-Congressman George H.W. Bush, and then-Senator Bob Dole.
National Popular Vote awards a state’s electoral votes under the authority of Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. The Electoral College remains in place, with sovereign states determining the manner in which their electoral votes are cast.
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, by state laws, without changing anything in the Constitution, The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the majority of Electoral College votes, and thus the presidency, to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by replacing state winner-take-all laws for awarding electoral votes.
Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in every state surveyed recently. In virtually every of the 39 states surveyed, overall support has been in the 70-80% range or higher. - in recent or past closely divided battleground states, in rural states, in small states, in Southern and border states, in big states, and in other states polled.
Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.
The bill has passed 33 state legislative chambers in 22 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 250 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 11 jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.