Massachusetts voters, like voters in all "safe states," should have votes of equal weight as those voters who are fortunate enough to reside in "showdown states." The present Presidential voting system is riddled with inequities. Sadly, "I'm from Massachusetts: My Vote Doesn't Count."
The Electoral College system can be improved. The first improvement needed is to make every voter count. The second is for every voter to count equally. And the third is to elect a president who is supported by a majority of the voters. This is not a partisan issue.
We are not sure what is on the minds of Pennsylvania and Michigan legislators these days. Likely quite a bit. But if the changes to the Electoral College should cross their minds, we hope they will weigh their options fully and with a focus on the fairest proportion: one person, one vote.
The National Popular Vote plan is constitutional, nonpartisan, and better for all Americans than our current system. An interstate compact, it will guarantee the election of the candidate who wins the most popular votes in all 50 states and D.C.
If Gov. Cuomo signs the NPV bill, New York will become the 11th jurisdiction to join the compact. He has good reason to act, given the resounding legislative vote and calls for him to do so from influential entities like the New York Times.
We can ditch the winner-take-all voting laws that have impaired our electoral process for far too long. With simple changes to federal and state statutes, the US can be on its way to better and fairer elections.
The National Popular Vote plan does not "counteract" the excess power of small states. In fact, it does just the opposite, giving voters in small states the attention and electoral clout that they deserve in proportion to their votes.
Unlike utilizing partisan gerrymandered maps or an entirely mismatched way of allocating votes depending on the state, a national popular vote system makes some sense. It's time for a national conversation about fairness and transparency in the way we elect our president.
We have extended suffrage repeatedly and nothing awful has happened. Doing away with the electoral voting system will avert a disaster. Let's act now to prevent more election angst. Wasn't 2000 bad enough?
Every vote does indeed count on Tuesday. Every vote is needed to insure an Obama victory margin beyond Super Pac attack, litigation, manipulation, or corruption. The actual presidential selection is on Monday, December 17, 2012.
Yes, it could happen. Mitt Romney could win the popular vote while Barack Obama wins the electoral vote -- and gets re-elected. But the consequences this time would be more serious than they were in 2000.