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November 12, 2012

Think About It: Voting Vagueries

The final tallies are in from Election Day and the results have been digested. While some candidates and voters might have indigestion, it's time for every winner to get back to work and solve the problems they were elected to deal with. The people have spoken. And then we have this arguably antiquated machine known as the Electoral College, which continues to flummox political parties, pundits, and regular Joes throughout the land.

Perhaps it's time to revisit the dear old Electoral College; maybe more states should opt to do what Nebraska and Maine have done- they apportioned Electoral College votes based on the popular vote by districts, and Electoral College representatives then were chosen based on the individual district results. Hundreds of bills have been introduced in Congress over the years to change the system, but nothing changes. We are told, as involved citizens and voters, that our votes really won't matter, that six or seven states and 10-20 districts will determine the outcome of the presidential race in advance. How sad, that's not how it's supposed to be, even in a scientific era of polls and data ad nauseum.

Every person's vote is important, we are told. But it actually seems that some votes are more important than others. Presidential candidate focus largely revolved around 15% of the country over the past 30-days. Everyone gets scared or clams up when the thought of revisited the U.S. Constitution is brought up- for any issue. But changes to the Constitution have occurred since day one. It's been amended 27 times. Now might be a good time to revisit the "electors"- as the living, breathing Constitution calls them- and a few other items that have evolved or morphed over the past 236-years. That's part of democracy, to make rational change. Actually, it might not be a bad idea to revisit our own state constitution now and again either. Think about it… 

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