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  •  We need to go with a full fledged popular vote. (6+ / 0-)
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    happymisanthropy, kyril, Ahianne, Val, The Nose, MJB

    The electoral college makes my vote (I live in Tennessee, which is currently reliably Republican) as well as the vote of the vast majority of Americans meaningless.  Why should the votes of a small proportion of the population in our nation in a handful of states like Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Florida, New Hampshire, ect. count so much more than my vote?  With a national popular vote, everyone's vote would count exactly the same.  The vote of someone living in Los Angeles, California or San Antonio, Texas would be just a meaningful and valuable as the vote of someone living Columbus, Ohio or Denver, Colorado.  

    By the way, when is the last time a Presidential candidate actually campaigned in California, Illinois, Texas, or New York during the heart of the general election.  Despite the fact that these states represent four of the five largest states in our nation, it's been a really long time since that has occurred.  If we had a national popular vote, candidates would have to campaign everywhere in a general election because every vote counts and margins matter.  Barrack Obama would have no doubt campaigned in places that haven't been visited by a Democratic nominee during the general election in years like San Antonio, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, and Los Angeles California; while Mitt Romney would have no doubt campaigned in places not visited by a Republican nominee in years like Orange County, California, Fort Worth, Texas, and the Jersey shore!  Campaigns wouldn't just focus on the small percentage of Americans living in swing states, but instead would have to focus on ALL Americans, since margins become all important.

    The best way to get a national popular vote is by enacting the National Popular Vote Bill, which you can learn more about here.

    We have nothing to fear but fear itself

    by bhouston79 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:06:15 PM PST

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