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I Want to be Elected!

Rocker Alice Cooper proclaimed those words in his 1970s hit Elected.

Some 40 years later, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are saying the same thing–in many ways to many people because the 2012 presidential election is shaping up to be one of the closest in history.

Given the expected razor-thin margin of victory that Obama or Romney will come away with Nov. 6, a lot of attention has been focused on 270: the number of electoral votes needed to win the White House.

Some people have called for abolishing the Electoral College and having the popular vote determine the election. Other contend it is the fairest way to elect the president.

Chris Leahy, associate professor of history, has been tracking the swing states, electoral votes, and other issues surrounding the Obama vs. Romney race. In this interview with Executive Director of Communications Doug Lippincott, aired recently on WFLR in Dundee, Leahy discusses the history of the Electoral College, previous close races, the possibility of an electoral vote tie, the chances of the popular vote winner losing the electoral vote, and more.

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Keuka College Today airs the fourth Thursday of every month from 8:30 – 9 a.m. on WFLR (1570 AM and 96.9 FM).

One Response to I Want to be Elected!

  1. Jan Enos says:

    The Electoral College is a “unique feature of our”… REPUBLIC. ( … “and to the republic for which is stands”). We are not a democracy. Our founders knew from history (Greece and Rome) that pure democracies are doomed to failure, and that the popular vote was nothing more than mob rule.

    Two of my favorites:

    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

    “Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    The Electoral College was designed to ensure that every state is represented in a national election. Abandoning it would mean that the campaign trails would go from the populous cities in the Northeast to California with a stop in Chicago…forget about the swing states. Our elections would turn in to urban rule while the Midwest and rural areas would never be represented or considered. That’s when words like succession may become more popular than voting in some states like Wyoming. In my personal opinion, doing away with the Electoral College is directed toward the dumb-down vote and those ignorant of history.

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