According to an article in SunThisweek, a bipartisan team of local lawmakers are joining a national trend to alter the way electoral votes are awarded in presidential elections. Currently due to the laws in place, presidential elections are centered around the states which provide the most electoral votes to a candidate. With that in mind, during the 2012 election only 12 states received any real attention and nearly $1 billion in advertising dollars while the remaining states in the union received nothing or next to nothing. This bill hopes to change that.
From the article:
The National Popular Vote bill would award Minnesota’s 10 electoral votes to the candidate for president who wins the most popular votes in all 50 states. The agreement takes effect when states totaling 270 or more electoral votes pass the National Popular Vote bill. Currently, the bill model has passed 31 legislative chambers and passed eight states amounting to 132 electoral votes.
“The idea of using the popular vote is one whose time has come,” said Rest. “Every single vote is valued the same as every other vote.”
With so many members of the American public completely baffled by the way the United States’ electoral college works and already believing the popular vote should dictate election winners, perhaps this is the way to go. While the original plans were to avoid large states from completely dominating the election winners, it appears that’s what is happening anyway. But should we really be changing to the popular vote just because people seem to think it should work that way anyway?
What do you think about this one? Should we move to popular vote elections for president? Do you see any downsides with this move? Do you think the distribution in election campaign spending would shift at all if the electoral college was eliminated? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.