Electoral College gives out E's...

Well, most people I know don't agree with the Electoral College. Anybody who knows me knows that I don't like it. If the population doesn't agree with it...WHY DO WE STILL USE IT!?? Anyway. NYT Opinion brings this little stat to our attention:

In the unlikely event that all 213 million eligible voters cast ballots, either John McCain or Barack Obama could win enough states to capture the White House with only 47.8 million strategically located votes. The presidency could be won with just 22 percent of the electorate’s support, only 16 percent of the entire population’s.

How about that?
Trouble is, the EC is written into our constitution. How are we going to deal with that?

[thanks to kottke.org]


  1. I agree... it's lame and outdated! Let's boycott!

  2. well, i don't think boycotting is the best way...but it looks like another agrees!

  3. the 2000 election proves that the electoral college does not work. How can someone who more people wanted to be in office be denied? I would argue that we need to write letters, make calls, spread knowledge, and take to the streets to protest a very inefficient, corrupt system. If that doesnt work, revolution will.