11/02/2004

Voting and the Electoral College

Yes, today is the day we vote. I voted first thing this morning and secured my right to complain over the next 2-4 years. It looks like a close race...even a electoral tie (remember, you need 270 to win). Truthfully, I'll be glad when it's over....

That scenario brings up an interesting question. Isn't it time to get rid of the Electoral College? Before the Jet and Information Age, the Electoral College was useful in that it forced candidates to visit every state. Now we see the opposite is true with the candidates only visiting battleground states. The Electoral College was also designed so that states with a large population advantage didn't get get all the attention. Obviously, that isn't true as Bush has pretty much ignored New York and California.

With information being readily available to everyone, shouldn't every vote count in every state. How would you like to be a Republican in New York or California or a Democrat in the West? Those votes are rendered meaningless by the majority in those states. If EVERY vote counted equally, then an overall majority would rule.

However, for the elimination of the Electoral College to work, a few things would need to be accomplished first.

1) Elimination of Provisional Ballots - This confuses the issue and makes fraud too easy. Seriously, if you can't figure out where you're voting ahead of time, you're too stupid to vote. I do support same-day voter registrations though.
2) Elimination of dual-voter registrations - voters registered in more than one state abuse their right to vote and water down legitimate votes
3) Insurance that non-citizens can't vote - What are the benefits of citizenship if we allow non-citizens to vote? That is one of the primal rights of citizenship.
4) A secure electronic method of voting - I'd envision a method of voting where all votes are cross-referenced with a database of registered voters. I'd imagine that you could vote via biometrics...but that would freak out the civil libertarians (oh no, a centralized database of retina scans!). I think it's doable if it's strictly controlled.

Needless to say, we are a LONG way from doing this...but I think it's still an idea worth pursuing.

5 Comments:

Blogger eskadoni said...

"That is one of the primal rights of citizenship." i like that.

November 2, 2004 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Erik said...

I don't know if eliminating the electoral college is the best idea, but I would definitely support a reform.

November 4, 2004 at 1:30 PM  
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