Electoral College

Colorado Takes Aim at Electoral College
Electoral College

"Proponents say the plan will more accurately reflect voter wishes than the current system, in which the candidate who wins the greatest number of popular votes wins all nine of Colorado's electoral votes. In 1992, for example, Bill Clinton pulled in just 40 percent of Colorado's popular vote, but earned 100 percent of the state's Electoral College votes... Had Amendment 36 been in place four years ago, Gore might be president today, or not. Colorado had eight electoral votes in 2000 and would have divided them 5-3 instead of 8-0. (Bush had 50.8 percent in Colorado; Gore 42.4 percent, Nader 5.3 percent.) A 5-3 split would have put Gore ahead of Bush in Electoral College votes, 269-268. Not quite good enough for Gore to claim victory, but if the one Democratic elector in the District of Columbia who abstained had cast a vote, Gore would have reached the promised land."

NY Times Says 'Abolish the Electoral College'
Electoral College

NY Times opines, "The Electoral College got a brief spate of attention in 2000, when George Bush became president even though he lost the popular vote to Al Gore by more than 500,000 votes. Many people realized then for the first time that we have a system in which the president is chosen not by the voters themselves, but by 538 electors. It's a ridiculous setup, which thwarts the will of the majority, distorts presidential campaigning and has the potential to produce a true constitutional crisis. There should be a bipartisan movement for direct election of the president." WE AGREE!