Monday, November 08, 2004
Despite all the attention on Ohio, this year's presidential election came down to 21,575 people, none of whom live in Ohio. That's the number of voters in New Mexico, Iowa, and Nevada who, if they had chosen Kerry instead of Bush, would have resulted in a 269-269 tie in the Electoral College. The election would then have been decided by the House of Representatives.
Fewer than 22,000 people could have caused an electoral crisis, despite the clear popular victory of more than 3.5 million votes won by George Bush.
Abolishing the Electoral College in favor of direct popular vote may not solve the problem of close elections (if indeed that should be seen as a problem) but it would give us a government that truly was the choice of the people.