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Response to CreekDog (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 01:38 AM

29. I support the Electoral College, which is based on population anyway.

For one, it prevents a few of the largest cities and population centers (on the coasts) from deciding the election. And that's exactly what would happen if it were abolished. If we go by the "direct popular vote" logic, the Yankees should have won the 1960 World Series since even though the Pirates won more games, the Yankees outscored them 55 to 27.

Fraud is easier to combat by isolating votes (and thus recounts) to individual states. Imagine trying to do a nationwide recount in 2000. And if there are problems in one state, Congress can simply refuse to certify those one state's votes -- as it could (should) have done in 2000.

My suggestion for the EC would possibly be to have electoral votes in all states distributed proportionally as they are in Maine and Nebraska.

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