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"Get Rid of the Electoral College"

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According to Michael Medved contributor to Newsweek The Daily Beast; "No candidate without major party backing can be president if we don’t get rid of the Electoral College."

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2011/12/03/drop-the-fantasy-of-a-third-party-candidate-winning-in-2012.html

What is the Electoral College?

27 states have Legal Requirements or Pledges
Electors in these States are bound by State Law or by pledges to cast their vote for a specific candidate:

24 states have No Legal Requirement
Electors in these States are not bound by State Law to cast their vote for a specific candidate:

For more information on the Electoral College and the election responsibilities of the States and the Archivist of the United States, contact the Office of the Federal Register:

Telephone: 202-741-6030

E-Mail: electoral_College@nara.gov

Contacts:

  • Amy Bunk,
         Director of Legal Affairs and Policy

  • Miriam Vincent,
         Staff Attorney
  • http://idebate.org/debatabase/debates/constitutional-governance/house-would-abolish-us-electoral-college

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    Herb Helzer October 23, 2012 at 07:38 PM
    It would require amending the U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 1, Clause 2) to truly "get rid" of the Electoral College. Medved's right: Ain't gonna happen. What's left is skirting the Constitution by having state legislatures pass similar laws allowing Electors to vote their conscience, and not tie a state's electoral votes to the state's Presidential winner. So instead of 51 well-defined state (plus DC) contests -- in which low-population states wield outsize influence because of ther three-electoral vote minimum (and was the very reason some small states RATIFIED THE CONSTITUTION IN THE FIRST PLACE, to ensure a New Hampshire wouldn't be ignored by candidates stumping only in New York or Pennsylvania) -- we'd be looking at separate mini-elections in every state with more than one Congressional District, and STILL have 51 state contests for the "at-large" Electors (100 representing the U.S. Senate, plus the House seats for DC and the low-population states). Trying to secure agreement from all 50 states is a daunting process. Trying to HOLD ON to that agreement when the first election run under these rules doesn't go the way many of those legislatures may have wanted, is even more daunting. The Electoral College is essential to the concept of "The United STATES of America," supports our Federalist ideals, and helps prevent a "tyranny of the majority" that might result from simply electing the national poll winner.

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