The unpopular vote

first_imgIF a goofy bill passed by the California Assembly had been law in 2004, California would have given its 55 Electoral College votes to George W. Bush. Never mind that the state’s voters backed John Kerry, 54 percent to 44 percent. The absurd logic behind AB 2948 is to effectively do away with the Electoral College and elect presidents by popular vote. The bill would bind the state to give its electoral votes to the national popular-vote winner if enough other states agree to do the same. But it’s doubtful the scheme would even work. When you vote for a candidate in a presidential election, you’re really voting for electors who are chosen by the political parties. And it’s doubtful that any law could get these partisans to deliberately hand over an election to the other party’s candidate. If state legislators really want to get rid of the Electoral College, then the sensible, decent way to do that is to amend the U.S. Constitution. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Meanwhile, if they’re serious about making elections more democratic, they can start by getting rid of their own gerrymandered districts. This is the kind of ploy that makes the state Legislature look like houses of ill repute. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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