Unpopular Vote

A compilation of electoral college crash courses


Our Electors, Ourselves (site registration required)
This Election Day, voters in Colorado will be asked to decide how their state's electoral votes should be apportioned to the presidential candidates who appear elsewhere on the ballot. Voting "Yes" will award electoral votes in proportion to the votes that are cast; a "No" will retain the winner-take-all system.
—Christopher Caldwell The New York Times Magazine, October 17, 2004


Division of State's Electoral Votes Seen as Ambitious, or "Really Stupid"
Concerned that your vote for president doesn't matter? Check out Amendment 36. If approved Nov. 2, the ballot initiative would award Colorado's electoral votes proportionally as a percentage of the statewide popular vote rather than the current, winner-take-all system.
—Susan Greene The Denver Post, October 17, 2004


Federal Lawsuit Challenges Colorado's Electoral College Plan
A lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges a ballot measure that would scrap Colorado's winner-take-all system for Electoral College votes and award them based on how well the candidate did in the statewide popular vote.
—Steven K. Paulson Associated Press, October 13, 2004


Making Every Vote Count Would Be a Tricky Proposition (site registration required)
Nearly 4.6 million Californians voted for George W. Bush in 2000. But their votes utterly had no effect on the outcome of the presidential election.
—Ronald Brownstein The Los Angeles Times, October 11, 2004


Don't Divide Electoral Vote
Amendment 36 presents a tempting blueprint for making presidential elections a more modern and more equitable process. After all, there's nothing sacred about the current approach—the Electoral College voted George Washington into office based on action in the original 11 state legislatures. The vote was unanimous.
The Denver Post, October 10, 2004


House Joint Resolution 109
Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. proposed a Constitutional amendment on October 8, 2004 that calls for abolishing the Electoral College and providing for a majority direct election of the president. This amendment was written with assistance from FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy and has it's full support.
—The Center for Voting and Democracy, October 8, 2004


Top Democrats Mum on Amend. 36
Top Democrats are shying away from the campaign to divide Colorado's electoral votes even though their fellow partisans spearheaded the effort.
—Susan Greene The Denver Post, Friday, October 08, 2004


Colorado's Electoral Fix Could Bolster House, Not American Voters (site registration required)
It's the heat of the campaign season—and the Electoral College is once again coming under sustained fire.
In one prominent example, The New York Times published a lead editorial calling for the abolishment of the venerable institution, warning that its "arcane rules" could "create havoc if things go wrong." An amendment still sits before Congress calling for the college's abolishment, just the latest of more than 700 proposed amendments in America's history to reform or do away with the Electoral College.
—Joshua Spivak Roll Call, October 7, 2004


Let's Reform Electoral System, Not Make It Worse (site registration required)
While we should reform the anti-democratic nation of the presidential selection system, the proposal in Colorado to allocate electors in proportion to the popular vote would likely be a worse cure than the disease.
The Boston Globe, September 30, 2004


The Colorado Solution
Reformers dreaming of abolishing the outdated, antidemocratic Electoral College have been hampered by the long and complex process required to amend the Constitution. But voters in Colorado have discovered that they can opt out of the most egregious aspects of the system by passing a simple state law. Should Colorado voters agree to the change in a ballot initiative this November, a new electoral math would take effect immediately for the 2004 presidential election.
The Boston Globe, September 27, 2004


Popular Vote? Better Not Count on It
TALLAHASSEE — President George W. Bush raced the insurance adjusters to the scenes of the three hurricanes that have struck Florida this season. The people of western North Carolina are still waiting for him, even though they were hit nearly as hard by Frances and Ivan.
—Martin Dyckman St. Petersburg Times, September 26, 2004


Coloradans to Consider Splitting Electoral College Votes
Colorado voters have delivered the state for the Republican presidential candidate in every election in the last half century, except when Bill Clinton won by a whisker in 1992 and Lyndon B. Johnson swamped Barry Goldwater in 1964.
The New York Times, September 19, 2004


Vote Against Amendment 36
State's influence at risk
We first spotted the electoral college initiative in May and nothing since has changed our mind that it's a piece of political mischief. We panned it then and urge a vote against it Nov. 2.
Rocky Mountain News, September 18, 2004


Electoral Conundrum
The proposed Amendment 36 to the Colorado Constitution would change the way Electoral College votes are awarded in the state. Proponents say we need this reform because too many citizens are disenfranchised under the current system; however, I believe "disenfranchised" isn't a strong enough word.
—Reggie Rivers The Denver Post, September 17, 2004


Dems Battle Odd Couple of GOP Official, Nader
Call it dirty tricks. Or call it fighting fire with fire. Democrats' legal battle to oust Ralph Nader from Colorado's ballot marks the party's latest effort to stop George W. Bush from winning another term in the White House.
—Susan Greene The Denver Post, September 16, 2004


Bush May Not Get Robb Vote
If the presidential election results in an electoral college tie, it's possible that a West Virginia Republican, South Charleston Mayor Richie Robb, will have a decisive effect—by refusing to cast his electoral vote for President George W. Bush.
—Tom Diana The Wheeling Intelligencer

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