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22 October 2004 @ 06:58 pm
Voting Theory Links, and some Interesting Bills  
Electoral College Abolition Amendment and IRV Bill (/.)
Condorcet Method of Voting (Wikipedia)
Condorcet Paradox (Wikipedia - see also Arrow's Impossibiility Theorem)
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thismuchmetal on October 22nd, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)

Right...like the abolition of the Electoral College will ever pass. That's right up there along the same lines of the abolition of the Federal Reserve, or finding Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy.

What are you? Some kind of commie pinko LIEBERAL?!?!?!
Hoc Est Qui Sumusdiscoflamingo on October 22nd, 2004 06:22 pm (UTC)
You crack me up
Of course it's not going to pass - what, did you think the government got things done?
thismuchmetal on October 22nd, 2004 11:19 pm (UTC)
My only understanding as to why we continue to have this tired-old-outdated-unfair system is the argument for tradition.
thismuchmetal on October 22nd, 2004 11:21 pm (UTC)
One other thing that I don't understand is how that article got under my radar, seeing as how I'm a huge fan of /.
Nightwalkerhalfawake on October 24th, 2004 12:50 am (UTC)
Ah, the electoral college. I really do wish it would kindly just disappear, or at least go to a completely proportional system. And I don't just mean Colorado - it's a step in the right direction, but the comments on slashdot are correct, if it's just one state at at time changing to proportional vote, they are disadvantaging themselves. It has to be country wide, or not at all.

Of course, I'm biased. I will freely admit that I think it's fucked up that California, the most populuous state in the country, is largely ignored by Kerry and Bush because they both know that Kerry is going to win California. California has more people than any other state in the union, they should pay more attention to us, not less.

I also don't really get the states' rights argument that says that the electoral college is there for the states' rights. True, the small states do get more representation with this current system than they would with a popular voting system, but who cares? Like it or not, you have to admit that the electoral college allows people who do not have the popular vote to become president. The 2000 election wasn't the first election when that happened, and unless the system is ditched sometime soon, which I really doubt will happen, it won't be the last one.

Who knows? This may be the next contested election. It's looking like it's going to be just as close as the 2000 election was, if not closer.

Thanks for posting these links, they're very informative.