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Get Rid of the Electoral College

Does the electoral college prevent candidates without major party backing from becoming President?

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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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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    Smedley October 22, 2012 at 11:35 PM
    Mike you are full of it as usual. The reason they won't let anyone in the debates is because they don't want another candidate say something that makes sense, to say anything they don't want citizens to hear. When Ross Perot got 19% of the vote they decided that was it. Nobody can be in the debates unless they are getting 15% in popular polls. Chalk up another rule for the two party fascist state. Sorry, I won't go for it. Things really could get better but not until we get rid of the thugs. The two party system. Watch a real debate tonight and tomorrow. On Monday October 22nd Jill Stein will join in the presidential discussion on a special international live broadcast with former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson and host Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! It will be broadcast by Free Speech TV and Link TV and livestreamed at the Democracy Now Website. HTTP://WWW.DEMOCRACYNOW.ORG/ On Tuesday October 23rd Broadcast live - Free Equal's live online debate with Jill Stein and presidential candidates Gary Johnson (LP), Rocky Anderson (JP), and Virgil Goode (CP),with host Larry King accepting debate questions in advance on Reddit. http://freeandequal.org/
    ted.dobracki October 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM
    The potential effect of the frankenstorm on the 2012 presidential election demonstrates one of the reasons why the Electoral College is necessary for a national election. Suppose that the effects of the storm reduce the turnoat in NJ by half, and that the voters would have voted the same way as they did in 2008. Then, instead of winning by 600,000 as he did in 2008, Obama would win by only 300,000, which would reduce his national popular vote total by 300,000. That could be disasterous for Obama. Ditto in NY, where Obama's margin of 2,100,000 would be cut in half to 1,050,000. Add in Delaware and Obama could lose a 1.5 million of his 3 million in those three states, while the turnout in the rest of the country would be unaffected. On the other hand, with the electoral college, Obama will still get the NJ, NY, and DE's full contigent of Electoral College votes, even if the voter turnout was depressed by the storm.
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    John B October 31, 2012 at 05:56 PM
    If you understood the electorial process you would never write this article. For example lets say 100% of the voters in our 10 largest states voted for candidate A. And the rest of the country voted for candidate B. A would win because of the populare vote while 80% of the other states voted for someone else. THis keeps one candidate winning with only regional support. Why don't you write about something that you know about.

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