Shakin' Things Up
I'm going to ask my readers to make my argument for me for two reasons.
First, because although I've been doing reasearch, the amount of information is staggering, conflicting, and confusing.
Second, because I don't think I'm sufficiently objective given the fact that I am a liberal in a die hard conservative state.
The issue? The electoral process.
Sure I had Government in high school a billion years ago. But it wasn't relevant to me then. I didn't care, so it didn't stick.
It's relevant now, and I want to understand the electoral process better.
People have been calling for electoral reform for years, but I think the outcry was loudest and longest (at least during my lifetime) after the Bush/Gore election in 2000.
Many of those who have been true and persistent advocates for voting reform have been regarded as crackpots, conspiracy theorists, or disgruntled politicos.
But I find it disheartening to realize that the candidate with the most popular votes did not, in fact, become President. How different might the world be today if the popular vote determined the winner?
It's also disheartening for me to realize that although I will vote for Obama (I won't discuss, debate or justify my reasons, so let's leave that alone, please) I am quite certain that all 15 of Georgia's electoral votes will be for McCain.
I've heard all the arguments, but I still feel very powerless against the apathy. My blue vote will be lost amid a sea of red.
So my question to you is this...
Do you have a clear understanding of the electoral process and if so, do you think that we should reform or ablish it in favor of a strictly popular vote?
You may have your fingers poised over the keyboard ready to type an emphatic YES, as would I, were our positions reversed. But in the course of my research, I've realized that it's not quite as cut and dried as one would think.
Because the electoral college, believe it or not, was really designed to protect the democratic process. And though some of the reasoning behind it is no longer an issue; slaves and women, for example, who were not represented in elections for many years...some of it is sound and logical.
It's a dilemma.
So I turn to you, the smart and savvy travellers on the information superhighway. Tell me what you know. Tell me what you think. Help me understand why or why not.