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Response to FBaggins (Reply #13)

Wed Aug 8, 2012, 10:15 PM

15. I've seen that argument more than most of the others

 

The country is mostly urban and suburban, so one could milk the vote out of such areas and not have the time or inclination to go anywhere else.

Here in Ohio, for example, candidates actually spend time in Appalachian SE Ohio, even though it's the least populous part of the state. But they can't afford to not pay attention to it, because every vote in the state matters in a winner-take-all system like the electoral college.

In a popular vote system, you'd probably never see them down there. Not only that, but it would impact what types of issues are discussed and probably even policy decisions. Why bother paying attention to rural issues if they don't matter one whit to whether or not you are elected?

I can see the benefits of a different system too and I'm not a huge fan of the electoral college. But I'm skeptical that it would make things a whole lot better. It would make some things better, but it would probably also have unintended consequences that wouldn't be popular.

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