The blogger digby once told a story about a meeting of progressive organizers in about (but, I think, before) 2000. They asked for suggestions about which issues to focus on.
“Get rid of the Electoral College,” she said, and they laughed. But then, 2000 happened. And 2016 happened.
After 2000, I was unsure. My main worry was that we could have several states acting as Floridas. The EC tends to wider the margin of victory, which (I reasoned) prevented that.
But at some point the fundamental unfairness of the EC hit me. And once you land on that side, the EC just becomes intolerable.
This election, being both a popular victory and an electoral victory, presents a good chance to press for a change. When I’ve brought this up to people before, they say I want change because the EC hurt Democrats – and that wasn’t true, but it was said and hard to defend. But we just won one, so now is the time.
We believe in one person, one vote. But the Electoral College perverts that. My vote counted because I live in Massachusetts; if I lived in Utah, my vote would have been virtually meaningless. The same is true of Republican voters who live here. To me this presents an opportunity to nationalize the issue. Everyone loses with the EC.
There are obstacles. It’s hard to pass a Constitutional amendment, but we have done it 27 times (actually 18, since the Bill of Rights went in en masse). Some people are sincerely averse to amendments.
I suspect the major parties will resist the idea as well, because they are used to defined battlefields, and a national popular vote will complicate the battle immensely.
But ask yourself – What’s right? What makes for a more perfect union?
The answer is pretty clear.