We Should Elect A President Of The United States, Not A President Of The MidwestFor most of my life I have not been too concerned about the electoral college deciding US elections because it seemed like the electoral college always mirrored the popular vote. That changed in 2000, when the electoral college and the popular vote produced contradictory results. I felt at the time that discrepancy was a misfortune for the country. In 2004 the winning candidate won a solid victory in the popular vote but only a narrow victory in the electoral vote., more evidence of disconnect between the electoral college and the popular vote.
Now we have a situation in which once the major party nominations are secured, virtually the whole election is fought out in less than a dozen "battleground" or "swing" states. The concentration on those states is so intense that there is no longer even that much national TV advertising in the campaign. I don't think this is good for America. Many people are expecting today's election to produce different winners in the popular and electoral votes. The truth is the votes of the people in most states, including my own, matter a lot less than the votes of the people in the battleground states.
Call or e-mail your congressmen and ask them to support a constitutional amendment for electing the president by popular vote.