Battlepanda: Making our democracy more democratic


Always trying to figure things out with the minimum of bullshit and the maximum of belligerence.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Making our democracy more democratic

If you're a regular reader of this blog, I don't think I have to explain to you why the electoral college is bad, bad, bad. Almost everybody I've talked to on this issue tend to shrug their shoulders and say, "yea, but how are we doing to get rid of it?" Well, how about this?
The answer to all of these problems is direct election of the president. Past attempts to abolish the Electoral College by amending the Constitution have run into difficulty. But National Popular Vote, which includes several former members of Congress, is offering an ingenious solution that would not require a constitutional amendment. It proposes that states commit to casting their electoral votes for the winner of the national popular vote. These promises would become binding only when states representing a majority of the Electoral College signed on. Then any candidate who won the popular vote would be sure to win the White House.

Sounds good to me.