In the near future the candidate that actually gets the most votes could be guaranteed to become President instead of using the unfair and insane system we currently have. The New York legislature recently voted overwhelmingly to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. The bill only needs to signature of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday March 26, 2014 11:05 am|
|By: Jon Walker Friday March 14, 2014 11:15 am|
Many of our problems aren’t elaborate puzzles that require complex new thinking. They are often simple problems with known solution that need to be repeatedly highlighted until they are adopted. The person who can write arguments for one solution a hundred times while still being interesting can have a much bigger impact than someone who writes about a hundred facts once.
|By: Jon Walker Monday February 24, 2014 2:22 pm|
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is slowly but steadily advancing to its goal of 270 electoral votes. The movement has officially gained the support of Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman (D), where the issue is currently being debate in the legislature.
|By: Jon Walker Friday January 18, 2013 11:15 am|
The Electoral College doesn’t just distort our political debate by having candidates focused only on voters in “swing states.” It has repeatedly resulted in the candidate who got the most votes actually losing the election.
Most insidiously, the Electoral College makes it theoretically possible for parties to change how a state assigns their electoral votes to essentially steal. legally, an election. The head of the RNC has even openly talked about doing this to make it basically impossible for a Democrat to win the White House.
|By: David Dayen Friday December 7, 2012 2:55 pm|
Pennsylvania backed down the last time they tried to change the electoral vote system to the benefit of Republicans, but maybe this time they’ll follow through: On December 3, Dominic Pileggi, the powerful Republican majority leader of the Pennsylvania state Senate, announced that he plans to introduce legislation that would change how the state allocates [...]
|By: Jon Walker Thursday December 6, 2012 4:07 pm|
By a greater than two-to-one margin American voters want to eliminate the idiotic Electoral College system for selecting a President, and replace it instead with a direct popular vote like all other sane democracies. According to a new poll by Quinnipiac, 60 percent want to change our system so that in all future elections the President is chosen by a direct popular vote. By comparison, only 29 percent want to keep our current system.
|By: Jon Walker Friday November 9, 2012 12:03 pm|
The fact that our election rules means that the candidate a clear majority of Americans voted for could still easily lose should be a national disgrace. Hopefully now that the Electoral College has shifted from benefiting Republicans in 2000 to strongly favoring Democrats today, we can finally get bipartisan support for ending this idiotic way of selecting a leader. It is time for every American’s vote to count the same.
|By: David Dayen Monday November 5, 2012 1:00 pm|
Large states like California, New York and Texas were swing states as recently as 30 years ago. Now, the self-sorting of the electorate into coastal and interior enclaves means that the states that “matter” have condensed.
|By: David Dayen Monday October 29, 2012 2:30 pm|
Chris Hayes had the most thoughtful discussionof the National Popular Vote I’ve ever seen on cable television yesterday. Every so often, it’s worth pointing out that it’s entirely unnatural to run a national political campaign through a handful of boroughs and counties in at most 9 out of the 50 states, which leads to highlighting a mish-mash of local issues as if they were the most vital and critical national issues.