Vermont Legislators Vote Against the Electoral College


Vermont is one gubernatorial signature away from joining an effort to ditch the Electoral College. The Vermont legislature gave final approval to the National Popular Vote plan last week. (More details regarding the mechanics of the legislation can be found here.)

As a legislator, Governor Shumlin once sponsored the bill, so he is expected to sign it now. His signature will make Vermont the seventh state to join NPV’s compact.

The full article can be found at National Review Online.

6 Responses to Vermont Legislators Vote Against the Electoral College

  1. Travis on 2011/07/05 at 5:18 PM

    Abandoning the electoral college would take us down to a true democracy, such as you would have seen in Rome. I'm all for dropping the electoral college, but what steps could we take to ensure that the popular vote is ACTUALLY the popular vote (think hanging chad or other voter fraud).

    • Margaret on 2011/07/05 at 8:45 PM

      I agree that the electorial college should be removed from the voting process. Our elections are totally determined by them and not the people. That is not what our constitution states. It states that we are to be governed by the people. if our voices aren' being heard then we're not getting justice we're getting hte boot. Our elections could still be held the same way just leave them out.

  2. shanthiimurugesh on 2011/07/05 at 8:00 PM

    The Electoral college can be lead in a very good and moral way. To keep up the rules and regulation, it is very very important. This will lead us in proper way without any confusion or distraction.

  3. Rahul on 2011/07/05 at 8:49 PM

    Electoral college brings many advantages , abandoning or avoid them lead to lose the quality of democracy. Totally its a vain effort

  4. selva on 2011/07/05 at 8:51 PM

    It’s too bad that Vermont legislators fell for the superficial sound bites touted by NPV. They should have spent more time studying the important reasons that small states in 1787 rejected a national direct election system. Their failure to do so will end up hurting their own small state.

  5. Shital More on 2011/07/05 at 9:36 PM

    It is really a bad news for Electoral College. The decision of abandoning them will certainly harm our democracy. People will be hurt.

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