The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Saturday, May 29, 2004
Electoral college antics in Colorado
Whatever else the 2000 presidential election managed, for a while it put the institution of the electoral college on the map. This token of the visceral hatred of popular democracy amongst the Founding Fathers had, it seemed, somehow, previously to have passed largely unnoticed by foreign admirers of American democracy.
The rule is, of course, that the winner of each state's popular vote takes all the electoral votes for the state. Now, a campaign is underway to get Colorado to join Nebraska and Maine as the exceptions to that rule. However,
In Nebraska and Maine, a candidate gets one electoral vote for each congressional district carried and two more for winning the statewide vote. Under that formula, Al Gore would have gotten two of Colorado's electoral votes in 2000, instead of none.
The piece points out the downside: if Colorado could offer not its complete tally of 9 EVs, but only a margin of one or two, would candidates put in any effort to campaign in the state?
It's a Democratic ramp - surprise, surprise. Catch the Dems supporting spliting the EVs in California or New York, for instance!
Nothing wrong in that - after all, the Supreme Court has just given political gerrymandering the thumbs-up (or rather, the Nothing to do with me, guv) in Vieth v Jubelirer - explained here - it's all part of life's rich pageant  in American politics. No cause to be po-faced...
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