Following up on the Pennsylvania GOP’s move to award electoral votes by Congressional district, here’s some commentary:
* Stephen L. Taylor offers three reasons for abolishing the electoral college.
* ED Kain explains how this could happen in other “trifecta” states.
* Nate Silver has a extremely thorough analysis of why this might not be the best idea for Republicans. Overall, though, he thinks the Electoral College benefits Republicans.
I live in a blue state and will be re-districted into a blue district, so a lot of the activists in this area end up being bused to swing states like Ohio or Pennsylvania to do GOTV there. Like a lot of other voters in this area, I’m well aware that my vote for President doesn’t “count” in the same way swing state votes do. I think that’s anti-democratic, and abolishing the Electoral College would increase voter engagement by keeping those activists home and also making voters feel like they’re more engaged in the process.
Update: Something really funky happened to WP and it ate half this post and turned off comments. I think we’re back now.