Re-evaluating how the president is elected

Rep. Dennis Richardson

Rep. Dennis Richardson

Issue: Oregon and 40 other states are struggling with whether they should switch from the current Electoral College system to an election by national popular vote to determine how our nation elects the United States President and Vice President. The Electoral College is composed of 538 “presidential electors” determined by adding each state’s Congressional Representatives and Senators.

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Arguments In Favor

Currently, the largest states control Presidential elections and effectively disenfranchise the smaller states. Presidential campaigns and candidates focus their time, attention and money on states with the most electoral votes and ignore less-populated states.

During the 2012 presidential election, 98 percent of the $940 million spent on campaign advertising went to 10 battleground states. The remaining 40 states, including Oregon, were mere spectators.

Here are more arguments in favor of a national popular vote.

Arguments In Opposition

Election by national popular vote will reduce further the influence of less populated states. Candidates and their campaigns will spend their time and money where they can get the most “bang for their buck” in large cities where advertising dollars reach the most voters.

The U.S. Constitution forbids agreements among states. The national popular vote bill creates an “agreement among the states” and is unconstitutional on its face. In addition, a national vote would make challenging voter fraud nearly impossible.

Here are more arguments in opposition to a national popular vote.

Should Oregon’s seven Electoral College votes always go to the U. S. Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates who win the national popular vote? You decide, and let your State Representatives and Senators know how you feel.

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