Interesting use of Borda count

Richard Moore rmoore4 at
Wed Jan 23 21:15:09 PST 2002

Forest Simmons wrote:

> On Wed, 23 Jan 2002 DEMOREP1 at wrote:
>>D- The smallest States each have 3 Electoral College votes (minimum 1 U.S. 
>>Rep seat plus 2 U.S. Senate seats-- U.S.A. Constitution, Art. II, Sec. 1) 
>>---- even if some disaster were to reduce the State's population down to 1 
>>Thus the voters/ ECV ratios are much higher for many small States than in 
>>larger States (such as California).
> True, but that doesn't make up for the fact that the voters in the larger
> states are in larger blocks, and the larger states do vote as blocks in
> the EC.

More importantly, all voters lose some voting power to the capriciousness
of the EC, as well as to the capriciousness of Plurality. The system results
in a net loss of the ability of the population to choose its leaders. No
wonder there's so much apathy.

 -- Richard

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