Thursday, March 19, 2009

A Way Around the Electoral College?
When we get to the electoral college most of the kids have a hard time understanding why we have it, but I then explain that small states are not likely to give up the right to have a larger impact on a presidential election (not unlike having two US senators per state). But there is an organization that has been working on a way around a constitutional amendment which you might find interesting. In their words "The National Popular Vote bill is pending in state houses across the country, and has passed 25 state legislative chambers, including one house in Arkansas, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, and Washington, and both houses in California, Colordao, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The bill has been enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. These four states possess 50 electoral votes — 19% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect." More on their site

By the way, while I knew about Maryland action regarding this, I did not know about the website until I was contacted. If you have anything that you think we, as teacher should share, please e-mail me ( as sharing is what this site is all about.

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