posted on Nov, 23 2012 @ 12:51 PM
Originally posted by theophilus40
Our electoral system should be reformed rather than abolished. I believe that a good way to change it would be to assign one electoral vote to each
congressional district and give it to the candidate who receives the majority of the votes in that district. If no candidate receives a majority a
runoff election between the two candidates who received the most votes would be required.
Each state is the agent of this change. Most states cater to party politics and this very suggestion I also have made here, with no avail because
many here on ATS either do not understand the electoral system we utilize or hold the office of the president as some sacred cow that fixes the
Each of us have the ability to affect the change in their state to better suit the political will of the people but they continue to look to the
Federal government for those fixes. They do not understand that states, by large, retain their rights on voting. They think we have national
elections, when in fact we have individual state elections of national offices.
In many states, because of their tendency to be beholden to party politics, a 'buddy-buddy' system is implemented by said state legislature (that is
the body politic that creates the legislation on how electoral seats are selected) to retain party control; Republican or Democrat.
If the People of a state were to actually realize their political power in which they retain, they could indeed implement the very idea you are
stating here (one that I agree with) to help push out party politics and create a true representative cross-section of a state's electorate. You
would also have to create provisions and restrictions that go further than what Constitution states and what most states allow already. Merely
prohibiting current officeholders or officers of the United States from being an elector does not go far enough. Financial ties, dealings, etc should
be included to help bring the People into the fray and reduce the nepotism currently enjoyed.
Further, if states would adopt what Maine and Nebraska have already, it would break up the media's love-fest for "swing" states, as each state
would be equally important, as intended. Splitting electoral votes, as Nebraska does, they have a "popular" electoral vote and "representative"
votes for districts.