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I should do a real update at some point, but this isn't it. [Feb. 13th, 2007|03:57 pm]
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What I have instead is a question of political theory.

I got into an argument with one of my friends here in town this weekend about the Electoral College, that august institution currently responsible for electing the US President. This friend asserted that it was a good thing because a direct election of the President would further strengthen the executive branch at the expense of the legislative by giving the executive a mandate to act in the name of the people. I countered that the exectuive, not just this administration, already behaves as such and the Electoral College primarily frustrates the majority will and strengthens the effects of local majorities on the national election. We both ended up stubbornly clinging to our points, and changed topics wwhen it was clear we weren't getting anywhere.

What do other people think? Is the Electoral College a good thing? A bad thing? Irrelevent?
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[User Picture]From: thegelf
2007-02-14 04:33 am (UTC)
I think it's outdated, though not completely irrelevant.

Can we just switch to a parliamentary system? Pretty please?
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[User Picture]From: beloitst
2007-02-14 02:23 pm (UTC)
Oh man, an instant run off system would make me so happy!
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[User Picture]From: beloitst
2007-02-14 02:23 pm (UTC)
The electoral college is fine. What needs to happen is a federal law which requires states' electorals to divide their votes proportionally according to the popular vote within the state.

This leads too all kinds of fun math (electoral math being something of a hobby of mine), but I think would be the best improvement to the system.
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[User Picture]From: beloitst
2007-02-14 02:24 pm (UTC)
Actually, I'll amend this. It's the best improvement to the system we have -- if you want to talk about completely revamping the system, we totally need to ditch first past the post.
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