Bypassing the Electoral College

Hurray for Maryland's new Governor Martin O'Malley.
He signed a bill into law making his state the first to approve a plan to give its electoral votes for president to the winner of the national popular vote instead of the candidate chosen by state voters. As Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker puts it, "(It would) make the Presidential elections truly national. Every citizen's vote would be worth casting, and worth campaigning for, no matter what state it happened to be cast in. Grassroots politics would be worth the trouble everywhere, not just in a dozen swing states."

If only other states would follow suit. Here's the the story. Write your Governor!


I didn't know there was actually a movement out there to do this. I had heard people talking about attempting but didn't know anyone followed through on it. Nice.

I figured that the Electoral College was seriously out-dated when a library friend got a reference question about how a student could apply to the E.C.

Birdie,You should investigate the purpose of the Electoral College as established by the Founding Fathers. Just because AlGore and John Kerry didn't win doesn't mean the system isn't working. The EC, among other things, prevents the large, highly-populated urban centers from running amok and trampling the rights of the rural portions of the country. This is good.And don't you think the people of Maryland would be pissed off beyond belief if their entire state votes for Obama, but their electoral votes (the only ones that count) go to Fred Thompson or Newt. I know I would be!Anon...

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