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Response to CreekDog (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 12:07 PM

49. I have mixed feelings about this after years of arguing with my husband about it.

It is one of the few topics we don't agree on and we have had many discussions about it.

I used to be 100% for popular vote. He was 100% for EC.

Now, we've come to a middle ground (husband and me).

A race based solely on popular vote would mean that candidates would campaign exclusively in high population density locations. East Coast cities, Florida, Texas, California and maybe Chicago (the city only). In that scenario, it would be the best use of their campaign dollars.

Meanwhile, those of us living in smaller states would not hear or see a candidate. Ever.

On the plus side, we might be subjected to fewer annoying and obnoxious ads, but on the negative, we, the citizens of smaller states would lose any pretense of even minimal influence over who is elected.

So, we've both come to believe that EC with proportional representation by congressional district is the better solution. This would go along with the popular vote (I can't imagine a scenario where the two didn't track under this kind of plan) and wouldn't make smaller population states virtually invisible to candidates.

I'll be watching for the OP's next post, probably on the subject of eliminating congressional representation altogether for the "flyover" states.

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