By Nancy Cohen, Voting Rights Coalition
The Electoral College makes a mockery of our one-person one-vote principles:
- The candidate who won the most votes did not win the election in two of the last five presidential elections.
- our vote in Florida is worth less than 1/3 a vote in the least populous states—this is small state bias.
- Battleground states get all the action: Presidential campaigns concentrate on battleground states; battleground states receive disproportionate funding, more federal grants, more favors, and more attention.
- State winner-take-all laws adversely affect governance: under winner-take-all rules, a slim majority of voters can control 100% of a state’s electors, leaving everyone else effectively without representation, leading to decreased voter turnout, under-voting, no-choice elections, and disenfranchisement of voters.
In 2006 Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in The New Yorker:
“…an ad-hoc bunch of amateurs, once-weres, might-bes, and goo-goos floated an initiative that, with a little luck, could enable our ramshackle republic to take a long, and long overdue, step toward a more perfect union. The idea behind their initiative is this: that the President of the United States should be elected by the people of the United States.”