Theoretical Minority Rule, U.S. Pres. election, V.1
seppley at alumni.caltech.edu
Mon Nov 18 15:49:53 PST 1996
>The general bias towards the small States is of course due to each
>State having 2 Senators (and 2 electoral votes) regardless of its
>number of voters for President. Thus, a minority of the grand total
>who live in the small states can control the election of President.
In practice, though, there's a bias by the candidates toward the
large states, as exemplified by Dole's focus on California.
The small states' voters may be overrepresented--I'm not sure; I'd
have to analyze the academic argument that claims the reverse--but
the large states' voters are the ones pandered to by the candidates.
I don't like the Electoral College, but for different reasons. I
think the two-party system it engenders stifles democracy.
---Steve (Steve Eppley seppley at alumni.caltech.edu)
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