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« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2017, 11:26:45 am »
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They will continue to win the presidency.
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« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2017, 02:26:56 pm »

An interesting twist on this came up during a luncheon in colonial Williamsburg last week. The program had some very well versed reenactors who field questions after their presentation. One question was whether the Constitution was flawed if it allowed a president to win without the support of the majority of the voters.

"George Washington" gave a lengthy answer. In short he argued that each branch of the government had a fundamentally different way to be selected. The legislature was selected popularly, either directly in the case of the House, or indirectly by the popularly elected members of the state legislatures. The judiciary was selected for life by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate to be as far removed from popular vote as possible. The executive was selected by the states through electors that could not be their elected representatives to Congress. He thought it important that the direct public not have sway over more than one branch so that checks on power be maintained.
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« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2017, 03:26:50 pm »
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This is the very reason why PR needs to become a state, so that this doesn't occur. Only way to happen is to make Pelosi Speaker and a divided Senate allows PR into statehood. 

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« Reply #28 on: July 14, 2017, 03:47:26 am »
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I don't think that's a likely scenario. Trump may win the 2020 election - and if he does, with a popular vote shortfall again - but in 2024 the Democrats will have enough support to bounce back. Keep in mind that the Democrats so far have won greater victories in the electoral college in the past 30 years. After 1988, they had four victories, and even the "smallest" win in the electoral college, Obama's 332 in 2012, outnumber Donald Trump's 306; so far the biggest Republican win.
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« Reply #29 on: July 30, 2017, 09:16:54 pm »
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« Reply #30 on: September 08, 2017, 03:46:14 pm »
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They will continue to win the presidency.
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« Reply #31 on: September 08, 2017, 03:51:12 pm »
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I don't see why people keep bringing up splitting up California. What would that achieve? It would impact the Senate, but have no impact on the presidency. Besides, Republicans could just split up Nebraska. It's pretty silly as a solution.

In my view, an undemocratic system is illegitimate. You can have a PV/outcome split once in a while, as in the UK and Australia, but when there are systemic factors affecting this and it is chronic, the system is no longer supported by popular sovereignty. The best thing states like California could do in situations like that is to simply declare independence.
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« Reply #32 on: September 10, 2017, 11:04:20 am »
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Democrats would have to learn to live with it, you know, like it or lump it.

A constitutional amendment in this matter would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to achieve.

So good luck.

Yes, there's now way Republican legislatures touches this, provided it'll ever pass in Congress in the first place.
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« Reply #33 on: September 10, 2017, 08:57:49 pm »
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Republicans don't always benefit from the electoral college. While they did win the presidency because of it in 2000 and 2016, remember that in 2012, some polls were showing Obama could lose the popular vote, but losing the electoral vote was never really in the realm of possibilities. This was because Obama won a lot of swing states by a low margin, but lost by a big margin in many of the midwestern + Texas states.

I would prefer the electoral college system be changed to a proportional electoral college system (e.g if you get 50% of the voters vs your opponent's 49% of voters in California, you get the 2 votes from the senate, +50% of the remaining votes.)
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« Reply #34 on: September 13, 2017, 01:51:33 pm »
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This is pretty possible, and the answer is it would work for a while until eventually the floodgates break open in a Queensland '89-style, large Democratic victory. At this point you would either see outright constitutional reform if the landslide is big enough, or, more likely, various fixes, such as breaking apart large Democratic states (especially California; 7.5 times the size of the median state, and 66 times the size of the smallest), and the drawing of new ones would not be covered by the VRA (and would only take bare majorities in the respective state legislature and Congress to enact) or shifting House elections to a national party-list system (states get to pick presidential election methods, but since Congress is the judge of its own elections, it de facto has the right to set standards, so it can mandate some form of NPV for the House).

Our last large-scale reform of the election process (the introduction of presidential primaries in the early 1970s) was done entirely not just extra-constitutionally but extra-legislatively. Once there is demand change of this type will come.
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« Reply #35 on: September 18, 2017, 10:59:50 am »
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I don't see why people keep bringing up splitting up California. What would that achieve? It would impact the Senate, but have no impact on the presidency. Besides, Republicans could just split up Nebraska. It's pretty silly as a solution.


It would have an impact on the Presidency: CA currently has 55 EVs, 53 from House seats and 2 from Senators. A split CA would have 57 total EVs: 53 from House seats and 4 from Senators. This would also bring the total electoral college up from 538 to 540.
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