It’s time to consider getting rid of the Electoral College, according to columnist Todd Dorman.
“Sure, we’re no Ohio. But, according to New York Times polling cruncher Nate Silver, Iowa has a 6.8 percent chance of delivering the decisive votes to an Electoral College winner tonight,” Dorman wrote in a column published Tuesday. “Yes, hopefully, tonight. A better chance than 45 other states. Iowa posts the third-highest state score in Silver’s Return on Investment Index, which measures ‘the relative likelihood that an individual voter would determine the Electoral College winner.’”
As a result, Dorman wrote, Iowa may have an more heavily weighted impact on the election outcome than a state our size should have.
“Instead of national campaigns intended to appeal to a broad array of voters, we get campaigns designed to stoke passionate partisan bases in tossup states, and snatch electoral votes by razor-thin margins,” he wrote. “Those aren’t the sort of campaigns that lead to building a consensus on solving big problems. This landscape also vastly magnifies the power of unfettered money and the impact of any local shenanigans.”
“I used to think the Electoral College was swell,” he concluded. “But I’ve changed my mind. I think it’s time to seriously consider a constitutional remedy. Every American should be electing a president today.”
What do you think? Is it time to consider eliminating the Electoral College?