Make My Vote Count – Dump the Electoral College

By admin ~ November 9th, 2010 @ 3:46 am

There is no reason for me to vote in the presidential election. I live in Idaho so my vote doesn’t count. There was an editorial in the local rag today criticizing the Democrats for not putting up candidates for the state legislature. Now who in Idaho would want to blow their hard-earned money on an election they can’t win. Democrats are not legal in Idaho.

I’m not a Democrat although my grandmother would role over in her grave if she heard me say that. I’m an Independent. I always vote for the candidate that loses the presidential election. My wife always votes for the Republican who may or may not lose.

When I was teaching engineering in Iowa, I was invited to a Republican dinner. There I learned the difference between Democrats and Republicans. The Democrats want everybody to have a piece of the pie. Each Republican wants the whole pie for himself. But things have changed. Now there is no difference between the two parties except Republican presidents are much better at building tremendous deficits and fighting interminable wars.

But that is not the point of this article. I just feel that we should have a democracy in the United States instead of a republic. I want my vote to count on every issue and that includes having it count in a presidential election.

The Constitution, in Article 2, Section 1, provides: “Each State shall appoint, in such Manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors, equal to the whole Number of Senators and Representatives to which the State may be entitled in the Congress.” However, no senator, representative, or officer of the U.S. government may be an elector. The electors are directed by the Constitution to vote in their respective states, and Congress is authorized to count their votes.

What this means is that whoever wins the electoral vote wins the prize-the presidency.

What this means is that my vote in Idaho does not count because I am not a Republican.

Too often in the United States, the majority do not choose the president. No, we have the electoral college to avoid that. Doesn’t it seem silly for a country that calls itself a democracy, which it is not-it is a republic-to disenfranchise voters.

So let’s get rid of the silly amendment that is canceling my votes. I’m not going to join a political party just so my vote will count.

Fly Old Glory!

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