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I voted for Bush but disagree.... more (archive)

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Posted by Lester on November 10, 2000 at 22:49:44:

In Reply to: I voted for Bush but..... more posted by y2kguru aka John Huestis on November 10, 2000 at 22:17:56:

The Electoral College system is a part of our Constitution for a reason. Our founding fathers did not trust a popular vote and they were concerned about voters in small states.

We have a House of Representatives and a Senate as a compromise to balance power between large and small states.

Likewise the Electoral College system also serves this very important purpose. It gives voting power to voters in small states. For example an election based soley upon a popular vote would mean that the guy running for President would compaign only in Flordia, Texas, New York and California because that is all the votes he needs to win. The poor voter in Nevada, New Mexico or Utah would never get to see the guys running except on television. This also means that issues important to voters in small states would be ignored. (Like Atomic waste disposal in Nevada.)

If your a Republican this also would mean that we could never vote in a Republican as President. Look at the map of the last election. All the votes in those small medwest states for Bush would have been wasted.

Anyway, our founding fathers were some pretty smart folks and they did things for good reasons. A Constitutional Amendment to do away with the Electoral College system in my opinion would be a very bad idea.

Sorry to disagree with a fellow Republican.

Looking forward to dinner with you this month.

Lester


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