Election Reform: Attacking with Today’s Tools
CommPRO Sep 23, 2017
If you went out to vote for Donald Trump in California or Hillary Clinton in Texas last November, you might as well have stayed home. Your vote didn’t count.
That’s the position of Harvard law professor and Constitutional scholar Lawrence Lessig. And, he has an ambitious, low budget plan to fix the problem. The key elements are social media and the courts.
Why didn’t those California or Texas votes mean anything? The culprit is the “winner take all” system, says Lessig, in which all of a state’s Electoral College votes go to the popular vote winner in that state, even if that person wins by only one vote. Forty-eight of the 50 states use that system.
So, Trump never had a chance of getting California’s electors and Clinton’s cause was equally hopeless in Texas. However, the real estate mogul’s narrow win in Michigan got him all 16 of that state’s votes and Clinton’s squeaker in Minnesota netted her all ten votes. It’s not hard to conclude there is something wrong with this picture, especially if you voted for the loser in one of those two states.
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