If the President was elected based on popular vote, candidates would totally ignore the smallest states and do the vast majority of their campaigning in the 15 largest states, which between them have 2/3rds of the population of the country.
It seems to me that this would be a slam dunk victory for democrats, since they basically own the urban areas that would matter if this passes.
Get rid of the electoral college. I have yet to hear a single cogent argument that doesn't come down to "that's the way we always done it." for keeping the system.
Establish uniform federal ballots, with guaranteed paper trails.
Make all federal elections publically funded, guaranteeing equal time and equal resources, and bar private contributions to federal campaigns.
Then get some instant runoff voting going.
Et Voila - fixed Democracy.
you assume that an abandonment of the electoral college would mean that small states would be abandoned because they don't matter anymore. But doesn't a similar situation exist today? How many states are largely ignored during campaigns because they are known to be solidly partisan?
I think that we should move to direct elections, and that small states should take one for the team.
Seems better than ignoring the residents of 95% of the land mass.
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