Unpopular Vote

A compilation of electoral college crash courses

Colorado Rejects Proposal to Split Electoral Votes
A pioneering proposal to scrap Colorado's winner-take-all system for awarding electoral votes to presidential candidates failed to overcome opposition from political figures on both sides of the aisle.
Jon Sarche Associated Press, November 3, 2004


Backers of Change to Winner-Take-All Concede Defeat
Supporters of the campaign to change how Colorado votes for a president conceded defeat Tuesday night after early returns showed the measure failing by almost 2-to-1.
—Chris Frates The Denver Post, November 3, 2004


Kerry Wins All Four Maine Electoral Votes
All four of Maine's electoral votes were won by Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kerry, who had gained a comfortable lead over President George Bush, according to unofficial results tabulated by the Bangor Daily News early Wednesday morning. With 87 percent of Maine's 634 precincts reporting, Kerry carried 54 percent of the state with Bush garnering only 44 percent. Independent candidate Ralph Nader picked up 1 percent of the vote with other candidates rounding out the balance.
—A. Jay Higgins Bangor Daily News, November 3, 2004


Electoral Voting Product of Information Inaccessibility
Although thousands of Utahns will cast their votes today, only five votes will represent Utah's voice for president and vice president of the United States. In fact, Utah's five electors won't even vote until mid-December - nearly a month and a half after the popular vote.
—Lane Stilson Daily Universe (UT), November 2, 2004


Electoral College Serves U.S. Well
Despite occasional distortions, the voting system reflects the will of the people and curbs extremism
What should an election system for choosing the president attempt to achieve? Certainly one goal is to reflect the popular will, an outcome that might (or might not, depending on how the system is structured) be achieved with a direct popular vote.
—Benjamin Zycher Newsday, November 1, 2004


California Contributes Plenty to the Nation's Coffers. So Maybe We Should Hoard Our Electoral Gold Until Candidates' Interest Rises.
It's happened again. Because everybody already knows that California will deliver its 55 electoral votes to Sen. John Kerry, this state will be watching from the sidelines Tuesday. California is again—what's that word they like to use?—irrelevant to the election.
—Adair Lara San Francisco Chronicle, November 1, 2004


Imagine If Texas and the Bronx Mattered (site registration required)
Except for the stop at a dairy barn, where Karl Rove got in a friendly iceball fight with reporters, it was a routine day for the Bush campaign: a bus trip through Wisconsin farm country; the roads lined with voters who had already seen both presidential candidates roll past their corn fields. As usual, the president extolled the heartland virtue of self-reliance while pledging to continue subsidies for dairy farmers and ethanol producers.
John Tierney The New York Times, October 31, 2004


A Vote to Outsource the Electoral College
It is time for Americans to graduate from the Electoral College. It is time for Americans to cast a direct vote for president. In the 21st century, Americans are better-educated and better-informed about local and national affairs than at any time in American history. The so-called need for the Electoral College is gone. ("The Electoral College is likely with us to stay, despite critics," Times, News, Oct. 22.)
—Anthony Medina The Seattle Times, October 31, 2004


Here's Hoping for Chaos on Tuesday (site registration required)
Colorado voters can lead the way to a serious debate about our electoral college mess.
Part of me perversely hopes that Tuesday's election is a replay of 2000.
—Jack Rakove The Los Angeles Times, October 31, 2004


Oakland Computer Ace Finds Election Equation
Program gives Kerry an 81.8 percent chance of winning as of Friday
Why read one presidential election poll when you can read 1,800 all at once?
Josh Richman Oakland Tribune, October 31, 2004


Electoral College Resists Calls for Reform
Controversies began in early America
WASHINGTON — While much of America fixates on the possibility that Tuesday could rival the confusion of Election Night 2000, Harvard historian Alexander Keyssar is casting a look backward—to the 1968 contest pitting Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey not only against each other, but against third-party candidate George Wallace.
—Delia M. Rios The Times-Picayune, October 31, 2004


Repair the Electoral College (site registration required)
Four steps would help balance majority rule with minority rights
If Tuesday brings another mismatch between the electoral and popular votes, maybe we will finally get national agreement on a significant proposition: Our current electoral college system has got to go.
—Peter M. Shane The Washington Post, October 31, 2004


Laying Out the Pros and Cons of the Electoral College
Although it's still best known in the hallways of government and social studies departments, the Electoral College will be thrust into the national spotlight again in a scant three days.
—Paula Holzman Intelligencer Journal, October 30, 2004


Repeat of 2000 Election Could Spark New Debate Over Electoral College
Election watchers are already talking about the possibility of one candidate winning the popular vote but another winning the presidency by taking the most electoral votes.
Mark Sherman Associated Press, October 30, 2004


As the Race Tightens, Enthusiasm for a Ballot Proposal Wanes (site registration required)
Colorado Republicans were quick out of the gate this fall in criticizing a ballot proposal that would scrap the winner-take-all method of distributing the state's nine Electoral College votes for president.
Kirk Johnson The New York Times, October 30, 2004

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