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Al Gore Calls for An End to the Electoral College


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: americans, elections, Al Gore, electoral college, ethics, usa )

Carrie
- 599 days ago - thehill.com
Former vice president Al Gore is calling for an end to the Electoral College -- the system that cost him the presidency in 2000. Gore said that many voters who live outside the dozen or so battleground states are cheated by the system that allocates...



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Yulan Lawson (156)
Friday August 31, 2012, 2:56 pm
I don't see how that will make any difference. At the end of the day Bush had more sponsers, corporations, banks and money on his side. The candidates that get the highest money always wins, check the history yourselves.
 

Carrie B. (278)
Friday August 31, 2012, 3:11 pm
Gore won the popular vote. That's the difference.
 

Lyn Z. (296)
Friday August 31, 2012, 4:57 pm
The Electoral College was enacted due to the low population & lack of quick communication between the government and the voting U.S. POPULATION = therefore relying on a "representative" per specific population count of a State was determined. A bit confusing, but logical in it's own way. With our very high population now, there is really no reason to continue the Electoral College =
 

Lyn Z. (296)
Friday August 31, 2012, 4:59 pm
Con'td = Especially since every vote is electronically generated.
Thanks
 

Pat A. (117)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 12:06 am
Well done Carrie! Green star to Lyn Z - mind you I am still puzzled as to why certain states seem to have representation and not others - or have I misunderstood it?
 

Carrie B. (278)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 2:13 am
All states have electoral college votes, but not the same number. That number is determined by population.
 

Terrie Williams (753)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 4:53 am
I'm with Gore, get rid of it. One person, one vote. That IS Democracy. Not the antiquated Electoral College.
 

Roger Skinner (12)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 10:28 am
Seems to me I've been hearing this for decades, but no one actual does anything about it.

Wikipedia has a fairly good article laying out the pros and cons for it:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_College_%28United_States%29#Contemporary_conflict

In any case, it would take a Constitutional Amendment to change things. Not likely.
 

Michael Kirkby (82)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 10:44 am
I never thought I would agree with Gore the Wh*** on anything but this I do. One vote should equal one vote and the candidate that gets the most votes should win. Of course the one with the most money or perqs to offer wins.
 

Dandelion G. (399)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 12:24 pm
Do away with the Electoral College is a step in a positive direction.
 

Mitchell D. (123)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 12:53 pm
I believe that President Gore is 100% right!
 

Carrie B. (278)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 1:02 pm
Love your comment Mitchell.
 

Pat A. (117)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 2:59 am
Thanks for the enlightenment, Carrie - this is the part that confused me: "“I’ve seen how these states are written off and ignored, and people are effectively disenfranchised in the presidential race. And I really do now think it is time to change that,” Gore said ". Politics is complicated no matter which land we live in, isn't it ?
 

Alexandra Rodda (175)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 4:55 am
Seems that the electoral college is another opportunity for a slip twixt the cup and the lip.
 

Carol H. (229)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 6:00 am
I agree with Al Gore!!
 
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