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May 30, 2015

I would also like to see it changed. In the context of the voting systems of the rest of the world, our voting system is pretty bizarre and rather roundabout. This is because of Madisonian democracy during the time the system was being created; they feared a too-strong lower class "mob" and therefore created the electoral college as a buffer between the general public and the elite classes. However, this has caused the system to have evident flaws such as in 2004 when Gore won the popular vote but Bush became president because of the electoral vote. A better system would be to have an electoral college that votes based on proportion instead of a winner-take-all style (if 33% of the state votes for a candidate, 33% of their electoral votes go to this candidate). They have this system in one of our states (I think it's Iowa, correct me if I'm wrong) and it seems to make a lot more sense to me. Also, it would encourage third-party participation which is blatantly shut out by the current system.

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Oct 31, 2015

So you think there is no reason to be wary of the populist mob? Keep in mind that the Tea Party is an expression of that mob.

By the way, the two states that do proportional electoral votes are Maine and Nebraska.

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