Friday, December 30, 2016

Abolish The Popular Vote?

Yep. A writer over at Reason magazine suggests we needn't abolish the Electoral College but rather abolish the popular vote in presidential elections. Instead, voters would either elect Electors or select Electors through some sort of lottery system. I'm not sure but I might prefer the former as I  don't trust Democrats to not try and manipulate a lottery system to their advantage.

I think he makes a good case:

" Yes, get rid of the popular vote. For all the money, time, and attention paid to the presidential race, the actual votes cast on Election Day are basically meaningless. In non-swing states, votes are literally meaningless. Even in states where a small number of votes could change the outcome of the election, your vote and mine are still so insignificant as to be practically worthless, as Reason editor in chief Katherine Mangu-Ward explained in detail in 2012."

 "Undemocratic!" you might be tempted to cry out.
Well, yes, but not really much less democratic than the system we currently use and, arguably, more democratic than the original design of the Electoral College, in which Electors were not bound in any way to the results of the popular vote in their states. The Founders envisioned a system in which well-read elites would be responsible for choosing the president, in theory as a check against the masses. With a lottery-based system, we'd be returning to that original idea, but with a populist twist."

  Hey, I enjoy voting perhaps more than most, but wouldn't it be nice to have all eyes on down ticket races rather than two presidential candidates? Such a system might have made this last election a bit more tolerable for all. I'm sure many will be concerned such a system wouldn't be "democratic" but, as I've written before, democracy be damned.


At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Humboldt GOP said...

We agree too Fred! Why not give up the Libertarian nonsense and join us!

At 10:41 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

Nah. I left the Republicans in '92, switching to the Libertarian Party and haven't looked back.

I'm glad I did and have no plans to change.

At 8:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, libertarian Jason Stapleton is rallying people for a solid platform party. Tune in to his show when possible, like him on FB, bookmark his website. He has good sense, my hopes are up for a decent party. Time will tell.


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