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Posted: 1/7/2005 5:51:56 PM EDT
Washington, DC – As Congress meets today to certify the Electoral College vote and officially declare President George W. Bush the victor in last November’s election, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is calling for a direct popular election for President to replace the current Electoral College system.

“A President can be elected without receiving the most popular votes – this is the fundamental flaw of our electoral system,” Senator Feinstein said. “It has happened four times in our history and there have been close calls in 22 other presidential elections. It will happen again and again unless we change the system.”

There have been four instances in which the President who was elected won the electoral vote, but lost the popular vote – John Quincy Adams in 1824, Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876, Benjamin Harrison in 1888 and George W. Bush in 2000.

In 2000, Vice President Al Gore won the popular vote count by over 537,000 votes, but lost the Electoral College, and the presidency, by a margin of 272 to 266 electoral votes. According to some estimates, there have been 22 instances where a similar scenario could have occurred in close elections.

“Altering the text of the Constitution requires careful thought, study and debate. But the problems posed by the Electoral College are so profound that a serious debate should ensue in this Congress,” Senator Feinstein said. “For me, the issue is simple -- fundamental fairness dictates that we have a single, nationwide count of popular votes. It is my hope that this proposal can serve as a starting point for a national discussion on how best to restructure the way our nation chooses a President and Vice President.”  

In 1979, the Senate voted 51 to 48 to abolish the Electoral College and replace it with direct popular elections. The legislation fell short of the necessary two-thirds required for a Constitutional amendment, but more than half the body supported the concept. In the 91 st Congress, the House of Representatives voted 338 to 70 for the direct popular election of the President, but the effort fell short in the Senate.

Link Posted: 1/7/2005 5:53:52 PM EDT
Basically she's p*ssed that CA is as important as Delaware and New Hampshire.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 6:03:12 PM EDT
Our founding fathers were no dummies, the design of the electoral college

limits the damage of local voter fraud, while still representing the majority.

We've had 4 elections that did not coincide with the popular vote, not bad

for 200+ years of presidential elections!
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 6:09:03 PM EDT
That bitch would really like to move us towards socialism as quickly as she can.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 7:33:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2005 7:34:26 PM EDT by Patriot328]


Pardon my yelling, but..........
<­font size=6>SHE NEEDS TO GO READ THE FUCKING CONSTITUTION!!!!!!!!!!!






My God, the STATES elect the Prez, not the people.  This is a Republic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




A­nd to the Republic, for which it stands......................................................................
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 7:41:35 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 7:53:48 PM EDT
I e-mailed the bitch that about 25% of our Presidential Elections elected candidates with fewer than 50% of the vote.  Abe got less than 40% (39.9%).  How in hell can it be said that they were elected by the MAJORITY of voters.  Maybe she'd like run-off elections for President.  Like I told her the real problem is Senators.  The one from Montana has a single vote just like her.  He represents 200,000, she represents 17 million...is that FAIR?  Kill off the Senate and we'll talk....seriously...anyway no answer yet from her office and I'm not expecting one that addresses the fairness of Senate representation vis a vis the Electoral College because they're the same thing.  Got to get rid of these two doddering bitches (Boxer too), they're getting senile.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 7:55:37 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/7/2005 7:56:09 PM EDT by Boom_Stick]
Just goes to show how luny and stupid the left is.  

They aren't Disenfranchised...They're fvcking dead you dumb bitch!  
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 8:04:12 PM EDT
DiFi has always been known for attention grabbing headlines.  Time for her to retire.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 9:05:16 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 4v50:
DiFi has always been known for attention grabbing headlines.  Time for her to retire.


Attention whore perhaps?
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 9:25:34 PM EDT
I wonder if she'd like some cheese with that whine.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 9:37:55 PM EDT
Does anyone have an email address for this bitch???  Can we give her back to China now?  And how about letting California sucede from the union or God/Allah/whoever willing fall off into the ocean.  Sorry Ca. Arfcommers I don't know how you stay their.   bye bye civil rights  
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 9:39:40 PM EDT
Seriously someone post an email or physical address, PLEASE!!!  Anything she might actually read.
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 10:12:25 PM EDT
www.archives.gov/federal_register/electoral_college/faq.html#measures

Over the past 200 years, over 700 proposals have been introduced in Congress to reform or eliminate the Electoral College. There have been more proposals for Constitutional amendments on changing the Electoral College than on any other subject.

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Relax. She's just blowing smoke up her new party base's ass (moveon.org, the Michael Moore groupies, NGLA, PETA, La Raza, et al). As for her actually reading anything you send her, forget it. You'd do better paying a tagger $20 to spray paint your message on her mailbox. (Not that I am, or would ever, advocate anyone doing this, or anything else illegal.)
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 10:37:07 PM EDT
I guess since her stupid AWB finally died and she knows it has no chance of coming back anytime soon with the results of the election, she feels like a big LOSER and needs another issue.

I disagree. I think suicide is the answer
Link Posted: 1/7/2005 10:46:34 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Moof:
www.archives.gov/federal_register/electoral_college/faq.html#measures

Over the past 200 years, over 700 proposals have been introduced in Congress to reform or eliminate the Electoral College. There have been more proposals for Constitutional amendments on changing the Electoral College than on any other subject.

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Relax. She's just blowing smoke up her new party base's ass (moveon.org, the Michael Moore groupies, NGLA, PETA, La Raza, et al). As for her actually reading anything you send her, forget it. You'd do better paying a tagger $20 to spray paint your message on her mailbox. (Not that I am, or would ever, advocate anyone doing this, or anything else illegal.)



That would be a GREAT use of $20.  Think they'd tag her car instead of her mailbox though?
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