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What if We Just Counted Up All the Votes for President and Saw Who Won?

Jesse Wegman - March 13, 2020 - New York Times


The Electoral College is as old as our constitution.  The way we select our president has changed little over time.  Some complain that it has created a vast "land of the ignored."  At our founding this was to be expected.  Few could participate.  But now with almost universal suffrage, is it time to change in order to address the numerous states and votes that hardly seem to matter?

What was the original intent of the Electoral College?

Should the Electoral College be eliminated, redesigned, or kept the same?

More additional reading: Wegman, Jesse.  Let the People Pick the President: The Case for Abolishing the Electoral College, 2020

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Switching to Vote-by-Mail has some Logistical Issues

Geoff Mulvihill - March 26, 2020 - Chicago Tribune


A quick and easy fix? Not always.

For states that don't already have vote-by-mail or that greatly restrict it, such a change could require amending state law.  It also would require major changes to state and county voting and tabulating systems.  Buying the equipment and software to track ballots and read the signatures on them could cost millions.  And that's not to mention deciding who pays for return postage - individual voters or taxpayers?

Does vote-by-mail sound like a good idea?

Why not digital voting? Investigate available technologies. With online commerce and banking now routine, are security questions still legitimate reasons for not moving to a digital democracy?

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Is This the Future of U.S. Elections

Amanda Hurley, ed. - March 30, 2020 - Bloomberg Businessweek


...There are signs of an avalanche of mail-in ballots in November.  In 2016, the 33 million ballots cast by mail amounted to almost one-fourth of all votes.  This year, experts say tens of millions more voters could request mail-in ballots, even without changes in federal or state laws.

Who should make election laws?  As of now, the U.S. Constitution reserves the authority over elections to state and local governments.  Should election law be more uniform, more modern, and more centralized?