Sunday, September 18, 2011

National Popular Vote To Elect Our Next President?

Many people may argue that the process for electing the President of the United States may not always be the most efficient and or fair means for doing so.  Given historical events, can our nation's people be blamed for feeling such a way?  Let us travel back in time to the year 2000, where the infamous "loss of votes" in Florida took place.  Nearly six million votes were recounted in Florida in an effort to determine the winner of the popular vote.  Afterwards the winner would take the states than twenty-five electoral votes.  For a more in depth look at this controversial time see the following article from the New York Times:

The controversy in this election may play a paramount role in answering the following question: What would happen if the election for President in the United States was based solely on the popular vote?  For those who feel little concern for such an issue, it may be wise to reconsider.  A very strong political movement is underway currently which would if passed, completely transform the election process by which the President is placed in office.  Although this movement is recent, its origins date back to 1979 when Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan proposed a Constitutional amendment during a Senate debate that would result in the direct popular election of the President.  Over thirty years later, this proposal known as the National Popular Vote Plan or NPV, has gained large amounts of support.  Seven states including California have already signed on.  California is a particularly interesting player in this situation considering how the current electoral college process works.  For example, if this plan were to go into affect for the 2012 elections, if President Obama won more votes in California, however his Republican counterpart received more nationwide votes, than Obama would not necessarily win those 55 delegates.  

While the idea of such a phenomenon is intriguing to think about, this plan will not take into effect until the states signed on total 270 electoral votes.  However, it must be considered that with the recent addition of California, the number of electoral votes is just shy of halfway towards the plan being passed.  For more information see the following link:

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