The Economy in the Swing States of America

By: Wednesday September 28, 2011 2:43 pm

Under our nation’s idiotic electoral college system, presidential elections are decided on a state by state basis. In a relatively close election it is possible for a candidate to lose the national popular vote but still win the necessary 270 electoral college votes by performing well in and winning just enough swing states. When thinking [...]

California Becomes Latest State to Join National Popular Vote

By: Monday August 8, 2011 4:31 pm

Today California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 459, making it the 8th state to join that National Popular Vote compact. With his signature the effort to reform our absurd system for electing the president takes a huge step towards becoming reality. The national popular vote compact is an arrangement between the states to [...]

CA Legislature Sends National Popular Vote to Gov. Brown

By: Friday July 15, 2011 12:53 pm

Thursday the California State Legislature passed the National Popular Vote bill and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature. From the San Francisco Chronicle: The California Legislature passed legislation Thursday that if signed by Gov. Jerry Brown would significantly boost the growing national movement to elect the president of the United States by popular [...]

Canadian Results Show Election Rules Can Trump Will of the Electorate

By: Wednesday May 4, 2011 8:30 am

Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party are celebrating their huge win in Monday’s election. Having won 54 percent of the seats in the House of Commons, the Conservatives now have a solid governing majority. The thing is that if Canada used a different voting system like many other democracies (such as Germany, [...]

Vermont Will Become Seventh State to Adopt National Popular Vote

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 6:54 pm

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin is set to sign on Friday a law making Vermont the seventh state to join the National Popular Vote compact. Although most states give their electoral college votes to the presidential candidate that wins the most votes in the state, they are technically free to assign those votes based on whatever [...]

National Popular Vote Gets Big Boost from Billionaire Golisano

By: Tuesday February 22, 2011 12:29 pm

Today, billionaire businessman Tom Golisano announced his role as the national spokesperson for the National Popular Vote campaign. Golisano made his money founding Paychex, the second-largest payroll processor in the country. The National Popular Vote campaign is an indirect attempt (without a Constitutional amendment) to end the US system of selecting the president through the [...]

2010 Census Reapportionment Could Give Iowa, New Hampshire Even More Power to Pick the President

By: Wednesday December 22, 2010 6:46 pm

The re-apportionment of congressional districts connected to the 2010 census will result in several Democratic-leaning states, such as New Jersey, Massachusetts, and New York, losing House seats. The loss of congressional members, also means these reliably blue states now have fewer votes in the Electoral College. The result could be that the early primary states [...]

74% of Americans Say Junk the Electoral College – Here’s How

By: Friday July 9, 2010 7:13 pm

Currently, 74 percent of Americans think the arcane Electoral College we use to elect our President should be abolished. That’s the finding of a poll by Penn Schoen Berland about what Americans think of the Constitution. From Mark Penn: When it comes to fixing the system, voters zero in on the judiciary branch as most [...]

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