2-5-09 - Pols 1101 Can you preserve federalism if you...

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Pols 1101 2-5-09 Can you preserve federalism if you abolish the Electoral College? Do we risk being more like the French and having a more centralized government? Common Reasons for Abolishing the Electoral College Framers’ fears of candidates not having truly continental reputations- no longer relevant. Framers’ fears of democratically-elected president- no longer relevant Framers’ desire to protect the south/smaller states- no longer relevant One of the most common constitutional amendment proposals Many States are ignored Winner take all electoral formula in 48/50 states These 2 features disenfranchise many voters/discourage minor parties (their votes are ignored or “wasted”) Exaggerated margins between popular vote and electoral vote— exaggerated wins/defeats o i.e. Ronald Reagan: won popular vote 59% to 41% but won EC votes by 97% It’s an accident waiting to happen; popular vote losers can still win the presidency o Ex: 1824, 1876, 1888, 2000 **** be aware of these for test
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