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Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Hill: Mario Trujillo: After Bush v Gore, Obama, Clinton Backed Electoral College Reforms

After Bush v Gore, Obama, Clinton backed Electoral College reforms - The Hill - covering Congress, Politics, Political Campaigns and Capitol Hill |

We should amend the Electoral College, with an amendment that would say to win the Presidential Election. You have to not only win the Electoral College but win the Popular Vote as well, along with another amendment that would say, that someone would have to win 60% or more of the vote. To win all of the votes for the Electoral College, so if someone were to win less then 60% of the vote in lets say Indiana. They would be awarded with the percentage of the votes that they won, along with their opponents. If you simply eliminate the Electoral College all together and go to a Popular Vote to decide the Presidential Election, small States like North Dakota, Maine, Vermont, Idaho and so fourth, wouldn't be important. At all candidates would simply ignore those States but with a system that I suggested, not only would the votes in the Electoral College be important but the Popular Vote would be important as well. Candidates would try to not only win States but win them by the largest margins possible, because every vote would be important. And then if one candidate were to win the Electoral College and the other wins the Popular Vote, we would have a runoff with the top two candidates and the runoff would be decided by a Popular Vote.

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