Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Delegates Call for Electoral College Reform in Insta-Poll

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NLC Delegates Call for Electoral College Reform in Insta-Poll

Article excerpt

While America and the world awaited the outcome of the 2000 Presidential election, delegates attending the 77th Annual National League of Cities Congress of Cities Conference in Boston Mass., spoke out about the Electoral College and its usefulness in the American election process. Two out of three of the municipal officials polled believe that the nation's Electoral College continues to serve a valid purpose, and most say it should be reformed, not abolished. Some of the reforms called for were requiring Electoral College members to split their vote based on the percentage of the popular vote in their state as well as abolishing states to require that all votes be cast for the candidate who won the popular vote.

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The majority of the more than 400 delegates attending the annual meeting indicated their support for an institution that has been challenged in recent weeks as a consequence of the disputed presidential election results. While many of the respondents felt that the system was in need of reform, the overwhelming majority, 72 percent felt that the Electoral College should not be abolished. Twenty-eight percent felt that the College should be abolished altogether. Another 67 percent felt that the College still has a valid purpose in American politics while 33 percent felt it was no longer valid in today's political landscape. The majority of respondents, 56 percent, felt that the popular vote should not be the only determinant in the presidential election, while 44 percent felt that the popular vote should decide the presidency. …

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