Is The Electoral College In Need of Educational Reform?

Pardon me if you find this offensvive, but the Electoral College seems to be in need of reform.  By that I mean, a re-formulation.  I don’t know that we need to take a step as drastic as suggested by Greg Mitchell in The Nation.  Save for an amendment we’re likely stuck with this system until election year 2020, but there is ample opportunity to view this broken system more clearly.  How was it possible, with the power outages and crises in the Northeast States, to have counted all those votes accurately?  Given that the popular vote was as close as it was in most states, our current winner-takes-all system presents a serious potential inequity.  It would seem to make much more sense to build in a standard deviation so that a too-close-to-call popular vote results in the electoral votes of that state being split evenly split between the two leading candidates.  Build in a comfortable +/- factor of 5%, and any potential irregularities in voting will have less of an impact.  Only if the leading candidate has greater than 55% of the popular vote would she or he be awarded the total electoral votes of that state.  Am I missing something obvious here?

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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One Response to Is The Electoral College In Need of Educational Reform?

  1. doctuhdon says:

    I’m in favor of this intelligent and creative proposal !

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