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November 10, 2004

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Andrew Kohtz

I wrote a post in my blog, Civil Banter, about the Electoral College just a few days ago. Personally, I disagree with the notion that it should be abolished.

Peter

Andrew, Thanks for directing me to your blog. Perusing your site, it is obvious that our political views are extremely different. I would hope we could agree on this subject, however. It should be a non-partisan argument, and the last two Presidential elections illustrate that well, I think.

This year, if John Kerry had won an extra 150,000 votes in Ohio, he would have been elected President, despite losing the popular vote by over three million votes. Would you still like the Electoral College if this had happened? This close call, I would hope, would convince Bush supporters, who were thankful for the Electoral College in 2000, that it is a double-edge sword.

Whatever ugly compromises were made in the late 1700s are not necessary any more. Until the early twentieth century, the Constitution dictated that Senators be chosen, not by the people, but by state legislators. This was properly changed by Constitutional amendment, and I don't see any movement to change it back just because it was the way the original framers intended Senators to be chosen.

Similarly, I think the Electoral College should be done away with. Why should voters in Florida (in 2000) and Ohio (in 2004) have the only relevant votes for President?

Gary Michael Coutin

The Framers of the Constitution claimed that they followed the political philosophy of David Hume to “…make politics a science.” [2] But the Electoral College established in Article II of the Constitution of 1787 abandoned the true and eternal natural law of logic and mathematics for a false and temporal fuzzy math of political arithmetic.[5] As The Federalist Papers, the Constitution of 1787 operates upon the principle that “…in political arithmetic, two and two do not always make four.” [6]

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