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18-Year-Old Starts Petition to Reform Electoral College

Alek Robbins, 18, of Murrieta, is seeking 25,000 signatures on his White House petition for Electoral College reform.

A Mt. San Jacinto College student is on a quest to reform the Electoral College method used to determine the winner of U.S. presidential races.

Murrieta resident Alek Robbins, 18, who graduated from Fallbrook High School, said he became inspired to petition the White House on the issue after watching the recent presidential election unfold.

"This was my first election I was able to exercise my right to vote. And I was sure to do so," Robbins said, in a message to Patch. "I am so interested in politics because we have a say about who will be the commander in chief and president for our great nation."

The Electoral College is a Constitutional compromise between election of the president by a vote in Congress and election of the president by a popular vote, according to Archives.gov. It consists of 538 electors; each state is entitled to electors equaling the number of its Congressional delegates.

California is the state with the largest number of electoral votes at 55.

A majority of 270 electoral votes is required to elect the president.

In Tuesday's election, President Barack Obama won 303 of electoral votes, while Gov. Mitt Romney won 206. Obama also won the popular vote.

"I know many presidents win both electoral and popular votes but this has also raised some issues," Robbins said.

"This specific issue is important to me because the electoral college has made voters feel their voice isn't heard due to certain states' electoral votes always going the same way. This has made voter turn out less and less.

"If the U.S. were to base the election off of the majority rule it would encourage everyone legally allowed to vote to do so."

Robbins' petition can be found on the White House's website at http://wh.gov/912I.

"This petition has nothing against either candidate in this recent election. It is just a cause I am passionate about," Robbins said. "Politics will always be a part of our great nation so we should all be as active as possible to make sure our voice is heard."

Bob Applegate November 10, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Alex, I too used to believe the EC needed to go away. I no longer feel that way, except that it does, no must, be changed, by proportioning the votes as they do in Maine and Nebraska. What that would mean is you win the Congressional District, you get the vote. If you look at the red/blue map of the United States you will obviously notice it is overwhelmingly red as is the case even in CA. But the States such as CA are carried by the cities which only make up a few of the electoral votes of the average State. More than 60% of CA's votes would have went in the red column this election, but like always, they all went blue so no one even looks at CA. Dems know they've got it locked up and Reps know it's a waste of time and money to chase it, so we get nada. We don't even exist except for fund raising. That would NOT change if we went to a popular vote method. LA, and the Bay area would carry the State any way. The blue areas have the most voting population, will most certainly continue that way and are overwhelmingly those that would vote for a ever larger Government that consumes the resources of the people they are supposed to serve. If the electoral college is simply eliminated it would effectively make us a one party system for the reasons I have already mentioned and those in the other party would have just cause to forget about voting because they would have no chance of victory ever again. Heck 3M Reps. didn't vote this election when it might have counted.
Justice For All November 13, 2012 at 08:17 AM
Hey Alek, I signed your petition. I agree that the EC is antiquated and needs reform. It was important to the Republic when it was created, but we are in the 21st century now. It discourages voter turnout and creates apathy. I'm guilty. It's hard to feel that my Republican vote is even counted in California. The Congressional District Method should prevail. I'd also like to see polling reform in the very near future. I think our system is way to subject to voter fraud. We have the technology to overcome these issues. Biometrics, retinal scans, DNA, what have you. I just don't understand how some counties in this nation can have 5,000 registered voters and then receive 7,500 votes. WTF?
toto November 17, 2012 at 08:55 PM
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, without needing a constitutional amendment. The bill changes the way electoral votes are awarded by states in the Electoral College, instead of the current 48 state-by-state winner-take-all system (not mentioned in the Constitution, but since enacted by states). Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every election. Every vote would be included in the state counts and national count. The candidate with the most popular votes in the country would get the 270+ electoral votes from the enacting states. That guarantees the candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC wins the presidency. The bill uses the power given to each state in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have been by state legislative action. The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes - 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect. NationalPopularVote Follow National Popular Vote on Facebook via NationalPopularVoteInc
toto November 17, 2012 at 08:55 PM
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country, without needing a constitutional amendment. The bill changes the way electoral votes are awarded by states in the Electoral College, instead of the current 48 state-by-state winner-take-all system (not mentioned in the Constitution, but since enacted by states). Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every election. Every vote would be included in the state counts and national count. The candidate with the most popular votes in the country would get the 270+ electoral votes from the enacting states. That guarantees the candidate with the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC wins the presidency. The bill uses the power given to each state in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for President. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have been by state legislative action. The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 states. The bill has been enacted by 9 jurisdictions with 132 electoral votes - 49% of the 270 necessary to go into effect. NationalPopularVote Follow National Popular Vote on Facebook via NationalPopularVoteInc
Carl Petersen III November 28, 2012 at 05:10 AM
What was announced at 8:01 was the results of exit polling by the networks. It has nothing to do with the actual vote count.

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