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To: RockinRight

I used to like him too. This is just pure senility. Popular vote equals the wishes of 4 or maybe 5 urban areas: NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles and a few scattered New York suburbs (I call them New Jersy, Pennsylvania, etc.).....

Where are the interests of Utah, NDAK, SDAK, etc. upheld? This country stands together or it FALLS. If you relegate the future of this country to the whims and fancies of New York and Los Angeles, you have doomed it to the same mix of government-backed immigrant (legal and illegal) whimsy that has lost almost all of the southwestern border states to illegals.

There is a reason for protecting the interests of DISTRIBUTED citizens. It must not be confused with DIVERSE citizens.


59 posted on 01/30/2012 10:37:22 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Gaffer

Now with state-by-state winner-take-all laws (not mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, but since enacted by 48 states), under which all of a state’s electoral votes are awarded to the candidate who gets the most votes in each separate state, presidential elections ignore 12 of the 13 lowest population states (3-4 electoral votes), that are non-competitive in presidential elections. 6 regularly vote Republican (AK, ID, MT, WY, ND, and SD), and 6 regularly vote Democratic (RI, DE, HI, VT, ME, and DC) in presidential elections. Voters in states that are reliably red or blue don’t matter. Candidates ignore those states and the issues they care about most.

Support for a national popular vote is strong in every smallest state surveyed in recent polls among Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters, as well as every demographic group. Support in smaller states (3 to 5 electoral votes): AK -70%, DC -76%, DE —75%, ID -77%, ME - 77%, MT- 72%, NE - 74%, NH—69%, NE - 72%, NM - 76%, RI - 74%, SD- 71%, UT- 70%, VT - 75%, WV- 81%, and WY- 69%.

In the lowest population states, the National Popular Vote bill has passed in nine state legislative chambers, and enacted by three jurisdictions.

None of the 10 most rural states (VT, ME, WV, MS, SD, AR, MT, ND, AL, and KY) is a battleground state.
The current state-by-state winner-take-all method of awarding electoral votes does not enhance the influence of rural states, because the most rural states are not battleground states, and they are ignored.

Of the 22 medium-lowest population states (those with 3,4,5, or 6 electoral votes), only 3 have been battleground states in recent elections— NH, NM, and NV. These three states contain only 14 (8%) of the 22 medium-lowest population states’ total 166 electoral votes.


76 posted on 01/30/2012 1:05:15 PM PST by mvymvy
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