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  •  I don't see a whole lot of urgency for NPV... (0+ / 0-)

    ...as long as the winner of the EC continues to also be the winner of the popular vote—which is the case.*

    An NPV would definitely be the way I would go if I were rewriting the Constitution today, but overall, unless the Republicans start messing around with the Electoral College in an effort to set it up so they can win the presidency even if they lose the popular vote by millions of votes, the Electoral College will still be highly likely to produce the same winner as the popular vote.

    I haven't yet seen a convincing case that the Democrats' EC advantage going into 2016/2020 isn't also a popular-vote advantage—where there's a chance that they lose the popular vote and win the EC. If that is the case, then I think we should be pushing for NPV, because having a government of, for, and by the people is more important to me than my party winning. But thus far, it doesn't appear to be the case.

    * The electoral college winner in the Bush/Gore 2000 race would have also been the winner of the popular vote, had the Supreme Court not stolen the election. I suppose there's an argument that the EC was what put the Supreme Court in a situation where they could steal the election, but to my mind that hypothetical has way too many variables.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 09:53:58 AM PST

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