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July 26, 2011

Worth Noting: Americans Elect 2012

Filed under: Politics — Rich Adin @ 4:00 am
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The July 24, 2011 Sunday New York Times had an opinion piece by Thomas Friedman titled “Make Way for the Radical Center“. After reading the article, I decided to check out the organization, Americans Elect 2012. It looks interesting enough, and offers some hope for change to our current finger-pointing politics, that I joined. If you are dissatisfied with the way the United States is being governed and with the choices for candidates being offered by the entrenched parties, you might well want to participate in this grassroots attempt to bring some sanity to our national government. See how your views coalesce with the views of other Americans at the Americans Select/Americans Elect 2012 website.



  1. btw

    In 2012, The National Popular Vote bill could guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

    When the bill is enacted by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes– enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538), all the electoral votes from the enacting states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and DC.

    The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for president. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

    The bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states, including one house in AR, CT, DE, DC, ME, MI, NV, NM, NY, NC, and OR, and both houses in CA, CO, HI, IL, NJ, MD, MA ,RI, VT, and WA . The bill has been enacted by DC, HI, IL, NJ, MD, MA, VT, and WA. These 8 jurisdictions possess 77 electoral votes– 29% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.


    Comment by oldgulph — July 26, 2011 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  2. I registered to AmericansElect but can’t login; it’s just an infinite loop.


    Comment by Jon Norenburg — July 31, 2011 @ 1:57 pm | Reply

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