National Popular Vote Pretends to Benefit GOP in California

2011/04/13
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If I were a Republican from California, it would be tempting to dislike the Electoral College. And it would be tempting to join the handful of Republican leaders who advocate passage of the recently proposed National Popular Vote plan, pending in the California Assembly as AB 459.  Their claims that NPV will benefit conservatives and Republicans in the state feel so true, don’t they?

Many Californians feel ignored, brushed aside during presidential elections. Californians contributed $151,127,483 during the 2008 election year, only to have a mere $28,288 spent on advertising within the state, as NPV advocates are quick to note. When election results came in, 5,011,781 Californians had cast ballots for John McCain and Sarah Palin, yet not even one Californian elector was awarded to that presidential ticket. Instead, 55 electors were awarded to Barack Obama. Democratic presidential candidates take California for granted, even as Republican candidates ignore the state altogether.

How can a big state such as California take a back seat to smaller states like Ohio, Missouri and Iowa during presidential election years? It feels unfair. Anything that changes this system has to be good for California . . . right?

Wrong. To see why AB 459 is a bad idea for California, two questions must be answered: First, does the Electoral College still serve America and California or should it be eliminated? Second, even assuming the Electoral College needs to be replaced, is NPV the best route toward change?

Further evaluation of the Electoral College and the NPV proposal will show that the current system, while it has its frustrating moments, is by far the best available alternative for a country as large and diverse as our own.

To loosely steal a line from Winston Churchill: The Electoral College is the worst form of presidential elections, except for all the others.

The rest of this article appears at FlashReport.org.

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9 Responses to National Popular Vote Pretends to Benefit GOP in California

  1. Amm on 2011/07/05 at 5:58 PM

    This really happening in the most of states. We need to make some constitutional changes in order to keep the people faith on the republic elections. Or else they will lose hope on it and only powerful forces only come into places apart form the ordinary people.

    • Thomas on 2011/07/05 at 6:17 PM

      I agree with you on this one it is about time to try a new system for presidential elections. The electoral system is outdated and doesn't really work as well with such large populations these days. I think every vote should count as a vote not a possible vote for the electoral college because with electoral votes it feels almost as if our individual votes don't count toward anything.

  2. Rajesh Chaturvedi on 2011/07/05 at 7:45 PM

    California can't be taken for granted by Democratic candidates, neither could the Republican candidates ignore it completely, sidelining a big section of population is not at all acceptable. This is why Electoral college must be abandoned.

  3. ariel murphy on 2011/07/05 at 7:55 PM

    Although astonishing that not one Californian elected to the ticket, it doesn't surprise me. Republican candidates do indeed seem to ignore the state, Republicans are the middle class. California is a state for as large as it is, thrives so well in the economy it comes down to stereotypical politics. In NY, for example, Republicans strive to achieve the votes they know they will never hypothetically receive in California. To them, maybe it is a lost cause.

  4. shanthiimurugesh on 2011/07/05 at 8:19 PM

    100% the Electoral college will serve America nd California or it shall be eliminated. Even the Electoral college needs to be replaced and Npv is the best route toward changes. I feel the electoral college is very very best to keep up every rules and regulations in orger.

  5. Harris L on 2011/07/05 at 9:00 PM

    Yes, its quite true that electoral college is not doing its work properly. But even if it does not perform properly there is no dire need to replace it with with NPV but certain rectifying actions should be taken. Even if the same problem persists it should necessarily be replaced.

  6. selva on 2011/07/05 at 9:12 PM

    The electoral college is not doing its work properly, it must be kept the rules and regulation in order. Some times the result may differ.

  7. Undertaker on 2011/07/05 at 9:39 PM

    It is a good idea but i have doubt that it will make any sense on fake politics.I have hope on national popular vote and there is no doubt that any part of the state and country peoples are made equals.I appreciate it.Thank you….

  8. Sri on 2011/07/05 at 9:39 PM

    100% the Electoral college will serve America nd California or it shall be eliminated. Even the Electoral college needs to be replaced and Npv is the best route toward changes. I feel the electoral college is very very best to keep up every rules and regulations in orger.

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