Unpopular Vote

A compilation of electoral college crash courses

Judge Tosses Ballot Lawsuit
Fort Collins man brought challenge to Amendment 36
A federal judge threw out a challenge to Amendment 36 on Tuesday, saying the Fort Collins man who brought the lawsuit lacks legal standing. Jason Napolitano said he'll drop the issue.
—Karen Abbott Rocky Mountain News, October 27, 2004

On Point, October 27
In Voters' Hands
Can Colorado voters act as the state's "legislature," as defined by the U.S. Constitution, and change by initiative the manner of selection of presidential electors? Whatever the answer, U.S. District Judge Lewis Babcock rightly concluded that it's not for the federal courts to decide.
Rocky Mountain News, October 27, 2004

Judge Dismisses Challenge to Electoral College Ballot Measure
A federal judge today refused to block voters from deciding on a measure that would change the way Colorado votes for president. The measure, Amendment 36, would scrap Colorado's winner-take-all system for distributing its nine Electoral College votes.
—Steven K. Paulson Associated Press, October 26, 2004

Electoral College in the Spotlight, Again
WASHINGTON — Electoral College critics are on a Rocky Mountain high. Colorado will decide Nov. 2 whether to change the way it allocates electoral votes, a referendum that could win the presidency for George W. Bush or John Kerry—and revive controversy over what activist Rob Richie calls "an accident waiting to happen," the Electoral College.
—David Jackson The Dallas Morning News, October 21, 2004

Colorado Eyes Electoral Vote Split
Instead of winner taking all, the nine votes would be divided based on the popular-vote results. Colorado voters will decide this fall whether their state should become the first to divide its electoral votes for president according to the popular vote.
—Paul Nussbaum The Philadelphia Inquirer Staff, September 14, 2004

Storm Clouds Gathering Over the Legitimacy of This Election (site registration required)
In a presidential campaign that's grown increasingly bitter, maybe the one thing both sides can wish for is a decisive result.
—Ronald Brownstein The Los Angeles Times, October 25, 2004

Rethinking the Electoral College (site registration required)
As this year's presidential campaign draws to a close, the country is still as evenly divided as it was in the year 2000. Reforming the Electoral College seems to be a recent Democratic concern, but over 700 Electoral College reform amendments have been proposed over the years—all to no avail. In fact, the GOP has favored Electoral College reform quite often. The author discusses this extremely complicated issue, and reviews the last presidential election's math.
—Santa Medoza The Connecticut Law Tribune, October 25, 2004

Good Riddance 36
On one ballot initiative at least, common sense seems to be prevailing over partisan passion. Amendment 36, the mischievous measure that would dole out the state's nine electoral votes proportionally, replacing the current winner-take-all approach, appears to be going down in flames.
Rocky Mountain News, October 24, 2004

Amendment 36 Foe Readies His Arguments
He says immediate effect of issue is unfair to unaffiliated voters
The man who has challenged a proposed amendment to the Colorado Constitution started out planning to be an automotive engineer. "I had a dream," Jason Napolitano said. "I love cars."
—Karen Abbott Rocky Mountain News, October 23, 2004

Proposal to Split State's Electoral Votes Is Fairer to Coloradans
It is time for the people of Colorado to take the power of their vote out of the Electoral College and put it back into the hands of the voters themselves
—Senator DiAnna Schimek Rocky Mountain News, October 23, 2004

Poll: Amendment 36 Support Falling
According to a Survey USA poll for 9NEWS, opposition to Amendment 36 has grown in the last two weeks, when the last poll was taken. In the poll of 513 likely voters taken this week, 55 percent of the respondents were opposed to Amendment 36 and just 38 percent were in favor. Seven percent were undecided.
—Paola Farer The Denver Post, October 22, 2004

Forget Florida, Colorado May Supply Election Drama This Year
If you thought the Sunshine State's 2000 election cliffhanger—with cries of voter disenfranchisement, ballot mishaps and a 537-vote margin that threw the election into the Supreme Court—had all the stuff of a made-for-TV movie, hold on to your seats; a ballot proposition in Colorado could make for a compelling sequel.
—Maggie Master MTV Choose or Lose, October 22, 2004

Electoral-Vote Issue Costly
Nearly $2 million raised in fight for, against Amend. 36
The Colorado ballot measure that has drawn worldwide attention is also banking big checks, as the campaign over whether to split the state's electoral votes nears the $2 million mark.
—Chris Frates The Denver Post, October 21, 2004

Dems Oppose Electoral Vote Plan
Lamm, Salazar join GOP vs. Amend. 36
Prominent Colorado Democrats are lining up to oppose a constitutional amendment that would change the way the state doles out its nine electoral votes for president.
—Chris Frates The Denver Post, October 20, 2004

Should State Divide Its Electoral Votes?
Re: "Don't divide electoral vote," Oct. 10 endorsement.
Amendment 36 allows Colorado to lead the nation in disassembling the antiquated and inequitable Electoral College system.
—Patricia Corcoran The Denver Post, October 20, 2004

Peculiar Institution
Critics say the Electoral College is antiquated, undemocratic—and, many fear, impossible to get rid of. But in 1969, it almost met its end.
One of the more surprising features of the controversy surrounding the 2000 election was its failure to spark any sustained effort to abolish or reform the Electoral College. When it first became apparent that Al Gore had won the popular vote but lost the election, some politicians and pundits predicted that the end had finally come for America's most peculiar political institution: Americans, after all, believed that democracy meant majority rule.
—Alexander Keyssar The Boston Globe, October 17, 2004

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