IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20, 1969- PRESIDENT NIXON ASKS FOR CONGRESS TO BEGIN PROCESS OF ABOLISHING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

 

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It was fifty years ago today- Thursday February 20, 1969- one month into his presidency- Richard Milhous Nixon asked the US Congress to begin the process of abolishing the Electoral College- that would involve an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to be considered by the states. Not one of Dick’s best ideas. If its not broke- and it wasn’t and isn’t- there is nothing to fix. Nixon’s had a couple ideas-have the amendment take the form of either dividing each state’s electoral votes in a manner that may more closely approximate the popular vote in the state or that the popular vote winner be declared president as long as they have at least 40 percent of the vote. If no candidate got the 40% the top two would face each other in a run-off election. Nixon’s ideas got nowhere of course.

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11 responses to “IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- THURSDAY FEBRUARY 20, 1969- PRESIDENT NIXON ASKS FOR CONGRESS TO BEGIN PROCESS OF ABOLISHING THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

    • and also 1968 was close- in the popular vote- I am sure he had something in mind- concerning himself. He probably had been sitting down with one of his legal pads looking at what a race against Ted Kennedy would look like in ’72…

  1. I would love to see the archaic Electoral College abolished. I’m sick of rural, low population states have an oversized voice in national elections, not to mention Republicans winning the Presidency without winning the popular vote.

    • So let’s let the big population centers decide it? I don’t think the rural low population states have an oversided voice. Al Gore- internet inventor would have won the 2000 election without a sweat had he won the state of WV and its small amount- 5 votes. or even his own home state of tennessee…

    • We are a Constitutional Republic, not a Democracy like many would have you believe. The Electoral College was put into place for a reason a very long time ago. Popular vote=Democracy=mob rule.

      Also, don’t discount fraud or the power of the elite. Presidents aren’t so much ‘elected’ as they are ‘chosen’.

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