Content Categorized with "National Popular Vote"
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Electoral College electors weren't always chosen based on statewide winner-take-all rules. The first 13 U.S. presidential elections were messy and confusing, as each state used its own method for holding--or not holding--presidential elections.
- Posted: August 6, 2012
- Author(s): Presidential Tracker
- Categories: Presidential Tracker, Presidential Elections, National Popular Vote, Home
Nationwide polls remain close, but recent swing state polling suggests that President Barack Obama is beginning to pull away from Mitt Romney in the few states that will decide the 2012 presidential election. Obama attempts to further increase this lead with another week of swing state campaigning.
If you've followed the debate over the Electoral College, you may have heard the argument that the College's structural similarity to baseball's World Series is a good argument for keeping its current winner-take-all rules. That argument is flawed.
Opponents of the National Popular Vote Compact have put forward various legal arguments against the NPVC, including that it violates several provisions of the U.S. Constitution as well as the Voting Rights Act. However, the NPVC is well within the constitutional and legal bounds of state power, and should withstand any legal challenges.
The Constitutionality of the National Popular Vote: Refuting Challenges Based on Article II, Section One
The National Popular Vote plan withstands major constitutional challenges raised by opponents. Particularly, when analyzed in light of McPherson v. Blacker, it is clear that NPV is valid under Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.
We are tracking Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama's public events throughout this campaign season to see what their travel behavior reveals about our voting rules. This post focuses on Mitt Romney's events since April 24, 2012.
Two weeks ago, voters in South Carolina looked on as President Obama passed them by once again. Since coming into office in 2008, the president has held 18 events in North Carolina, yet has not once held any sort of event in South Carolina. Geographically, religiously, and historically, the Carolinas are quite similar. The big difference: In 2008, President Obama won North Carolina with 49.9%, but lost South Carolina with 44.9%.That modest difference means everything given the way states currently cast their electoral votes.
- Posted: May 4, 2012
- Author(s): Chris Beaulieu
- Categories: Presidential Elections, National Popular Vote, Home
Both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are zeroing in on the swing states where either candidate could come out on top in the November elections. However, the unusual amount of attention given to certain states while others are essentially left by the wayside illustrates the problems with the Electoral College system.
- Posted: April 13, 2012
- Categories: National Popular Vote, Fair Voting/Proportional Representation, Home
Winner-take-all elections box voters into simplistic red and blue divisions that poorly reflect our diversity of views. They turn most state legislative and congressional elections into "no-choice" contests. Only a handful of swing states will get attention from presidential candidates.To take on winner-take-all, FairVote backs forms of proportional representation for electing legislatures and a national popular vote for president instead of state-based winner-take-all rules.* Most robust democracies use proportional representation, NOT winner-take-all. See more here.* FairVote Chair Emeritus John Anderson's new op-ed in Chicago Tribune on cumulative voting* FairVote's resources on a national popular vote for president