August 29, 2004

The New York Times > Opinion > Abolish the Electoral College

This will stir the pot! I think we should think long and hard before deciding to abolish the Electoral College, arcane though it may be, in favor of using the popular vote to elect the President. What else should be done by popular vote? Deciding constitutional amendments? Why not put all the big issues of government to a national binding referendum where majority rules? Big time chaos would be the result.

The Times states:
"The Electoral College's supporters argue that it plays an important role in balancing relations among the states, and protecting the interests of small states. A few years ago, this page was moved by these concerns to support the Electoral College. But we were wrong."

Why not publish both editorials side-by-side so we can see their arguments and how they've changed?
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