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  Is there any plausible argument in favor of the electoral college? (search mode)
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Author Topic: Is there any plausible argument in favor of the electoral college?  (Read 60185 times)
Blair
Blair2015
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« on: August 11, 2015, 03:34:36 am »

Tbh the biggest problem in the EC is the potential for it to go completely wrong. Not only do the House get to decide the election if it's a tie (or 1968 result) but all the power is handed away to electors, and IIRC only 31 states have laws that force them to vote for the same candidate as won. The amount of problems that could occur from this-Florida 2000 is actually a rather limited example of what could happen as it could have been much worse. There's too much self regulation on the EC-it gives power to the Electors, the House and the Supreme Court.

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Blair
Blair2015
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2015, 07:04:27 am »

The only chance of reform would have been for Bush to win in 2000, and Kerry to carry Ohio and thus winning the election with 47% of the vote
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