Friday, April 24, 2015
Electoral College: totoApril 24, 2015 at 12:06 PM
Supporters of National Popular Vote find it hard to believe the Founding Fathers would endorse the current electoral system where 80% of the states and voters now are completely politically irrelevant.
10 of the original 13 states are ignored now.
Four out of five Americans were ignored in the 2012 presidential election.
After being nominated, Obama visited just eight closely divided battleground states, and Romney visited only 10.
More than 99% of polling, organizing, ad spending and visits was showered on voters in just the ten states in 2012 where they were not hopelessly behind or safely ahead, and could win the bare plurality of the vote to win all of the state’s electoral votes.
Now the majority of Americans, in small, medium-small, average, and large states are ignored.
Only 3 of the 27 smallest states receive any attention.
None of the 10 most rural states is a battleground state.
24 of the 27 lowest population states, and 16 medium and big states like CA, GA, NY, and TX are ignored.
That’s over 85 million voters, more than 200 million Americans. Their states’ votes were conceded by the minority parties in the states, taken for granted by the dominant party in the states, and ignored by all parties in presidential campaigns.
Once the conventions are over, presidential candidates now don’t visit or spend resources in 80% of the states.
Candidates know the Republican is going to win in safe red states, and the Democrat will win in safe blue states, so they are ignored.
States have the responsibility and power to make their voters relevant in every presidential election.