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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

West Virginia Elector Demonstrates One of Many Flaws of Electoral College

As Josh Gerstein reports in The New York Sun, the 2004 Presidential election may come down to West Virginia Elector Richard Robb, who isn't so sure about how he's gonna vote.

West Virginia is one of twenty-four states whose Electors don't have to vote for the winner of the state's popular vote, allowing Robb the freedom to go against the popular will of his state and select whomever he chooses. If the election is close, Mr. Robb may cast the deciding vote for who becomes the leader of the most powerful country on the planet. Or maybe he won't.

What a mess. Kinda makes me think we oughtta scrap the Electoral College and let the popular vote determine our president. That should get the DC crowd tremblin' in their wingtips. (And be the most accurate reflection of the people's will to boot.)

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