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.
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In 2006 Hendrik Hertzberg wrote in The