(LA Progressive) -- Raise your hand if you think that the president of the United States should be elected by the popular vote. Ah, it looks like most of you do. Hands down and know that you’re not alone.
In fact, poll after poll, for quite some time, has shown that most Americans would like to replace the Electoral College delegate system with the popular vote – one person, one vote and the candidate with the most votes wins. Gallup has asked the question since 1944, and a majority has always supported an end to the Electoral College, ranging from 80 percent in 1968 to 63 percent in 2013. And not surprisingly, 70 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds are anxious to end the undemocratic practice of voting for electors who, in turn, vote for the president.
Why then do we still use this antiquated system? Where is the outcry for electoral reform? As a nation, we sure are vocal when it comes to corporate campaign donations, corrupt candidates and political party hanky panky, but when it comes to the one change that would have the greatest impact on the presidential campaign, the one change that a majority of Americans agree with, regardless of political affiliation, we say hardly a word.
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