WAVE 3 Editorial - July 10, 2012: Electing a President
By Ken Selvaggi WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
The Electoral College system has worked well in selecting presidents and it is a model that certainly is worth keeping but the time has come to modify it.
When candidates spend nearly all their time and efforts vying for the affection of one fifth of all the states – the swing states – it starts to make the majority of the states feel like bystanders in the process.
When that happens, there is little investment in the winner.
The popular vote needs to be integrated more fully in the presidential election process.
Maintain the electoral college but factor in the plurality of votes, instead of the simple majority that gives the entire state to the majority victor.
If the winner wins a state with 80% of the vote rather than 51% that is a significant difference and needs to be factored into the equation. It won't give a small or large state an advantage, but will give each voter a feeling that their vote matters.
It would likely force the candidates to at least visit each state to stump for votes and once elected, make them govern for all 50 states rather than with a favored eye toward the 10 or 12 that will potentially re-elect them.