We the people
Do It Once.
And For All.
We inherited the Electoral College.
It’s old. It’s crumbling.
We need to begin the process to fix it.
The problem as it is
There are so many problems with the college as it is. Some of those problems happen sometimes. Some of those problems happen all the time.
In every election, the weight of our votes is unequal. The votes of Americans from Montana weigh almost four times as much as the votes from California. Votes from Vermont weigh 3.5x votes from Texas.
In every election, because of the way states allocate their votes, only a small number of states even matter to the candidates running for President. In 2016, 99% of campaign spending happened in just 14 states. In 2020, it will be even fewer.
In some elections, the College selects a candidate who hasn’t won the popular vote. It’s happened twice in the last 20 years. It will happen again.
In some elections, the college can’t select any candidate — forcing the decision into the House of Representatives. But in the House, each state gets one vote. So Delaware has as much power as California!
The “features” of the College are bugs. We need to fix them.
Our plan. Here.
We want to launch a process committed to two principles: understanding through conversation. We want to identify fixes for the college that the vast majority of us could agree upon. We want to find those fixes through a conversation had by many, at different times, with different people.
COVID-19 means those conversations, at least for now, will happen online. They’ll be small and diverse (read: representative). They’ll be respectful and, we hope, patient. We’ll offer the information that everyone needs to get going. We’ll collect the information about what everyone learned — and has resolved.
If you want to be part of this experiment, join us here. Everything is on the table. We want to discuss what you like and don’t like about the way we elect the president. We want to discuss existing reform options, including the National Popular Vote Compact, and new ideas, and how they might help us achieve a durable, lasting reform that everyone can be proud of.
We can do big things — only if we do them differently. Join us.
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