An Attempt to Eliminate the Electoral Effect
New Jersey Governor John Corzine has just signed a National Popular Vote Bill into law as part of an effort to eliminate the electoral college.
Follow this link to the original source: "Taking radical step"
New Jersey Governor John Corzine has just signed a bill that would deliver his state’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in presidential elections, even if the majority of the Garden State’s voters choose another candidate. This makes NJ the second state to adopt such a measure; Maryland was the first.
This initiative is an interstate "compact" and will only take effect if enough states to constitute a majority of the nation’s total electoral votes (270 out of 538) adopt the measure. This is part of an effort to transition completely to a popular-vote system and is currently being considered in several other states as well.
On the surface, the idea of determining the president by a simple majority vote seems to make sense. This is the main argument of the compact’s supporters, one this Daily Freeman editorial says is "hard to argue with" as it labels the current system "arcane." But if the system is arcane, it’s only because the media have failed to explain it adequately. Perhaps this is because an understanding of it also eludes them. So let’s discuss the matter.
Ever concerned about the concentration of power in the hands of a few, the Founding Fathers bequeathed to us a system with checks and balances. Thus do we have three branches within the federal government — the executive, legislative and judicial — and two chambers within the legislature, the House and Senate. There must also be a balance between the feds and the states, which is why the Constitution defines …. http://jbs.org/node/6917