What's New with
the Electoral College
Debate about Electoral
College in Joint Session
Minnesota's 2004 faithless
Richie Robb threatens to
withhold his vote from Bush
The Electoral College has
outlived its usefulness
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strong support for abolishing the Electoral College
states: Each election year, anywhere from 10-20 states
go up for grabs between the presidential candidates.
How about truly
apparent in the Electoral College
MSNBC: Decisive returns shadow
The Electoral College made
me do it!
Alaskans differ over
Akhil Amar sounds off
on the Electoral College, results
Results debunk some
defenses of the Electoral College
Electoral College Must go
Press Herald: Time to
abolish outdated Electoral College
West Virginian Elector Richie Robb has recently
declared that if President Bush wins his state, he will not cast his
electoral vote for him in protest of Bush's national security and
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 109
FairVote's preferred option of reform, HJR 109
was introduced on October 8, 2004 by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
of Illinois. It proposes a Constitutional amendment abolishing the Electoral College and providing for a majority direct
election of the president. This amendment was written with
assistance from FairVote: The Center for Voting and Democracy and has it's
Electoral College reform
Jesse Jackson, Jr.
(Bill Number: HJR 109)
EVERY VOTE COUNTS AMENDMENT
Congressman Gene Green of Texas, with
co-sponsors Brian Baird (WA) and William Delahunt (MA), has proposed
an amendment to the Constitution to abolish the Electoral College
and provide for direct election of the President. This bill
proposes a plurality election and is not preferred by FairVote.
(Bill Number: HJR 103)
LAST MINUTE PROPOSAL FOR REFORM
On November 19, 2004, California Representative
Zoe Lofgren proposed a last minute proposal to abolish the Electoral
College. The proposal will not be looked at this year, due to
its late nature during the 108th Congress, but Lofgren hopes its
introduction will help keep the issue at the forefront of people's
minds. This bill proposes a plurality election and is not
preferred by FairVote.
abolishing Electoral College
(Bill Number: HJR112)
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 113
On November 18, 2004, Representative Brad
Sherman of California introduced a bill regarding the rules
governing the House of Representatives in the case of a tie in the
Electoral College. As it stands currently, each state would
only receive one vote. Sherman's proposal gives each member a
vote, increasing the votes needed for victory from 26 to 218.
A winner would be declared only if he/she received a majority (50%
plus 1) of votes cast, and only if the votes cast represented at
least two-thirds of the states.
(Bill Number: HJR 113)
DOES YOUR VOTE REALLY COUNT?
Election 2000 - By the Numbers
Read columnist Timothy Noah's article series on
the Electoral College
BIG NAME SUPPORT
These prominent news sources have recently
published against the Electoral College.
The New York Times
The Boston Globe
The Star Tribune
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