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Monday, December 19, 2016

Abolish the Electoral College?

If the U.S. Constitution is a work in progress, that would include everything in it, including the Electoral College.  And in a very real sense, this blog post can only be a part of the process as well.

For I believe that the Electoral College as it now functions can certainly be looked at.  However, abolishing the Electoral College in favor of a simple popular vote needs to be looked at very carefully -- much more carefully than it has so far.

It is tempting and indeed it as alluring to consider a system which seems to extend democracy to an area perceived as undemocratic this year, as in 2000.  However, my study of the issue so far indicates that while modernization may indeed be in order to address a more urban nation, outright abolition may not, in fact, be the answer.

Among my concerns are the problem of certifying the vote.  With strong and credible allegations of a stolen election this year, how can we be sure the vote that is announced is correct, especially in a close election.  Who would do the certifying for a national office such as the Presidency?

As for this year, should the Electoral College vote for D. Trump, America's demagogue, the results must be challenge before Congress, which has final authority over accepting of rejecting the votes of any state.

What I am presenting today is only the tip of the iceberg, of course.  But I do believe rather than a wholesale abolition of the Electoral College, better to get big money out of politics.

More on this subject coming.  

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