A minor complication: getting rid of the electoral college and primaries

I have posted multiple times on the push to end the electoral college. One thing for proponents to at least explain is that if they succeed, what will happen to the primaries? Parties use state primaries as a way of guaging the strength of different candidates, but if there is no electoral college, surely both parties will want to move to a selection process that gets the candidate best suited tp winning the new way of determining the winner in November.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 'influence smoothing' effect of the EC is a persuasive reason to defend its continued existence, but I have always thought that within each State, EC votes should be allocated proportionally, rather than the winner-takes-all approach that is so dominant...and which robs a huge chunk of the population of their just representation in the Presidential electoral process.

7/26/2006 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Unix-Jedi said...

I wouldn't mind a change to the winner of the state popular vote getting the 2 Senate EC votes, and then each House district EC vote per the winner in the district.
That would still be close to the same idea, not change the system greatly, but get rid of the big cities massive swinging of the vote in each state.

7/26/2006 7:58 PM  

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