Time to Scrap the Electoral College?

By Robert Richie
Published March 16th 2006 in New York Times
To the Editor:

The antidemocratic features of the Electoral College have become particularly pronounced for young people and racial minorities.

Our new report, "Presidential Election Inequality," shows how the number of African-Americans in a classic "swing voter" role has dropped from nearly three in four in 1976 to just one in six in 2004, while a white person is more than twice as likely to live in a battleground state than an Asian-American.

The Electoral College has also established patterns of inequality in voter turnout that are likely to plague us for decades.

Voter turnout among eligible voters under 30 was fully 17 percent higher in battleground states than in the rest of the country. Expect that disparity only to increase in 2008 if we maintain the current system.
It's time for a change, and sooner rather than later.

Sierra Club National Popular Vote Resolution
WHEREAS, the mission of the Sierra Club is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet through grassroots participation in politics and government; and

WHEREAS,  presidential candidates focus their efforts and resources only in battleground states.

WHEREAS, two-thirds of the states receive little to no attention in a competitive presidential election.

THERFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Sierra Club supports National Popular Vote state legislation that will elect the President of the United States by popular vote.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Sierra Club supports election of the President of the United States by direct popular vote.