Here’s Arthur with another Ask Roger Anything question:
Where are you at now with the whole “abolish the Electoral College” thing?
Let me back up and address the request by several entities, including my local paper, to deny Prima Donald an Electoral College victory.
I had real ambivalence about it – rather than outright rejection – because a number of people I knew and respected supported it. I didn’t think it would work, but then again, I didn’t think AO would win the electoral vote.
Julie, who I known for a number of years, asked: Do you think the US will ever get rid of the electoral college and go to something different? Why is it still done this way?
The second question is easier than the first, so let’s start with that. The original reason for the EC, like so much of the Constitution, was compromise. As this article shows, “One idea was to have the Congress choose the president.” But that was rejected, for good reason. Even then, they didn’t trust Congress to do the right thing. Also, many felt that “arrangement would upset the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.”
Tomorrow, Albany will almost certainly elect its first woman mayor in its long history.
I was at my allergist’s office last month for my every-28-day injection, and she asked if I wanted a reminder card. “Nah, just tell me the date.” “November 5.” “Oh, that’s Election Day, easy to remember.”
This led to me mentioing that Election Day is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, so it will fall on November 2 through 8, but NOT on the 1st. When asked WHY, I admitted that I didn’t know, but that it was probably tied to the fact that it was All Saints Day, and/or it’s easy to forget that a new month has started.
As a New Yorker, I don’t see many of the ads that run in states such as Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.
If you’re not from the United States, you may not be aware of the fact that the US is having its national election on Tuesday, November 6.
Approximately 1/3 of the US Senate is up for election. Senators are elected on a statewide basis for six-year terms.
All 435 members of the House of Representatives are up for election. The number of districts in each state is dependent on its population. The breakdown changes every 10 years, after the decennial Census. The results of the 2010 Census will alter the makeup of the House for the 2012 election. Continue reading “N is for National Elections on November 6”