The electoral college is the best bet due to the fact that you cannot trust the American public with that kind of responsibility. The public of America is similar to the mobs of Rome. They can be swayed easily and will vote on impulse and will not truly weigh the options. For example a couple of elections ago Jack-in-the-Box was put on the ballot and got a fair amount of votes.
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, by replacing state winner-take-all laws.
Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections. No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps pre-determining the outcome. There would no longer be a handful of 'battleground' states where voters and policies are more important than those of the voters in 80% of the states that now are just 'spectators' and ignored after the conventions.
The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of Electoral College votes—that is, enough to elect a President (270 of 538). The candidate receiving the most popular votes from all 50 states (and DC) would get all the 270+ electoral votes of the enacting states.
The presidential election system, using the 48 state winner-take-all method or district winner method of awarding electoral votes, that we have today was not designed, anticipated, or favored by the Founders. It is the product of decades of evolutionary change precipitated by the emergence of political parties and enactment by 48 states of winner-take-all laws, not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution.
The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founders in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. States can, and frequently have, changed their method of awarding electoral votes over the years. Historically, major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.
In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided).
Support for a national popular vote is strong among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group in virtually every state surveyed in recent polls.
Americans believe that the candidate who receives the most votes should win.
The bill has passed 33 state legislative chambers in 22 rural, small, medium, and large states with 250 electoral votes. The bill has been enacted by 10 jurisdictions with 136 electoral votes – 50.4% of the 270 necessary to go into effect.
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I believe it is better for government officials to be elected by popular vote. We have witnessed the time when popular vote and the electoral college do not match and that seems like a big problem to me. Every vote should count and that is not how it works with the electoral college.
Electing presidents by popular vote is simply more
democratic. The people vote and whoever they prefer becomes president. The Electoral
College is an anti-democratic relic of days when leaders thought that the
public might run wild and elect someone who would be bad for the country.
Modern political theory has accepted that the people should be allowed to elect
whomever they like, whether or not the experts approve. Democracy means rule by
the people, and an election decided by popular vote is true rule by the people.
The electoral college system is a remnant of a time when letting ordinary people select government officials was thought to be a recipe for disaster. Only wealthy people with a knowledge of managing companies were thought to have the skills needed to manage a government. While I support letting the people elect their representatives, it is and always will be, a flawed system.