What would the 2016 election result look like without the "winner take all" rule?
Maine and Nebraska only 2 states without the WTA rule. If nationwide then -would that make the presidential election even less competitive, and it would increase the likelihood of a candidate winning the election without winning a majority of the national popular vote?
What would the 2016 election have looked like if all states adopted the district style of distributing electoral votes? It would have been a legal nightmare. First many states like a winner take all system as their state predominately leans one way. If split voting occurred, many states would work harder to implement disparate treatment in the districting to help better ensure their candidate win. Some states, like Arizona, were so tired of legislative corruption the citizens passed an initiative, and defended it all the way to the Supreme Ct to take district line drawing out of the hands of the state legislature and put it in an independent body. Other states are still under the Voter’s Rights Act rule for showing a history of discriminatory disparate impact districting. The lawsuits and compromises in these states would be huge. Next, more stringent laws on residency proof would be implemented. For instance, as a resident of Massachusetts it technically does not matter in MA where I vote for the President (as we have a winner take all – it would matter for more local issues). However, in a split system of voting you might see people trying to change district residency by moving in with their parents for a month is voting in that county could help more. Driver’s licenses would effectively be useless as proof of residency as many people move and do not update the license until it expires. Using a bill is iffy, as I can log online and change my address really quick and claim a new address and use e-bill to print and not have it sent to the fake address. People would have to walk in with property deeds (which even then if you own more than one home or rent multiple apartments doesn’t prove anything.) Voter frauds or at least calls for fraud would be ripe. The founding fathers never meant for 90%+ of Americans to vote, or have their vote count, hence the Electoral College/Delegates. Yes, it was a power grab to disenfranchise the many and consolidate the power for the few. This was done for purely selfish interests, and because they truly believed most people were not intelligent enough to be trusted with this responsibility. Complicating the election process may result in more people acting irrationally, emotionally, and absurdly all in the hopes of supporting a party. Who knows maybe changing the system will prove that the U.S. cannot handle non-simple elections.
by John Wilson 19 months ago
Clinton's popular vote win was basically her win in California - by 4 million + votes. Take California away from Clinton, and Trump wins by a landslide. The Electoral College prevented this bias of one state forcing it's will on the rest of the nation - which is why it was put into place when the...
by Demas W Jasper 16 months ago
Doesn't the 2016 Election make it clear that the USA is a republic, not a democracy?Forget the "Popular Vote." It doesn't apply in a republic, though it would if the USA wasnot a republic but a democracy. Similarly, the argument could be made that as a group of 50 states, it...
by ecoggins 21 months ago
Is it time for national polls to go silent in the 2016 Election for President of the United States?Each and every day polling institutions seem to report confusing and conflicting national polls related to the upcoming Presidential election. But, the winner of the President of the United States of...
by Jack Lee 2 years ago
Who are you voting for in the 2016 election? And why?After seeing the debates and hearing the speeches, I'm curious who is the majority of people supporting for 2016? I am not a big fan of polls since they have been wrong in numerous cases. I also distrust the current media for reporting the facts....
by Demas W Jasper 4 years ago
Are you "wed" to a particular political party for the 2014 and the 2016 election candidates?
by Marcy Goodfleisch 20 months ago
Should there be a recount of votes for the 2016 election?Do you think the results of the presidential election would change? What should happen?
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