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Thread #147991 Message #3435300
Posted By: Bee-dubya-ell
12-Nov-12 - 12:35 PM
Thread Name: BS: Election of the US President
Subject: RE: BS: Election of the US President
For better or worse, and as undemocratic as it may be, the Electoral College is probably here to stay. The electoral system can only be changed by constitutional amendment. An amendment proposal must be approved by 2/3 of both houses of Congress before it's sent to the states for ratification. There's no way that 2/3 of the House of Representatives is going to approve a direct popular vote amendment. Having influence over large blocs of electoral votes gives congressmen from more populous states more power when it comes to dealing with the executive branch. They're not giving that power up. If the delegations from only the five most populous states unanimously voted "No" on such an amendment proposal, that would be more than enough to keep it from going forward.