As we know Hillary won the popular vote and didn’t get to be President – Har, Har – because of the electoral College. The purpose of the Electoral College being to ensure that a mere majority of the votes isn’t enough. There must be a geographic spread of votes so that different communities, different interests if you like, get to have a say and aren’t overwhelmed by that tyranny of the majority.
OK, we can like such a system or not. As it turns out now it tends to be the Democrats who are against the Electoral College. Not just because of the tragedy that befell Hills – Har Har – but because if they get to weight those NY and CA votes then D will win more often than not. Limiting those D majorities to only swinging the state delegate counts limits the power of those majorities. That’s rather the point of the system.
Which makes this interesting:
Pleasant Grove has been using a voting system that has historically disadvantaged African Americans by allowing powerful blocs – in this case, of white residents – to vote en masse for their candidate of choice and win every seat.
It’s a system Alabama municipalities instituted over a century ago to dilute the impact of African American voters on local elections, in conjunction with other discriminatory rules, to allow white majorities to maintain their political influence in cities across the state. Seats on the council are not allotted by district; instead the whole electorate votes for all members.
“It provided hegemony for white supremacy,” said Peyton McCrary, a historian who has closely studied at-large elections in Alabama. “It was totally successful.”
Now the argument is that peeps should vote by district, those votes be counted by district., Precisely so that the one voting block doesn’t get to dominate the whole system. Areas, voting blocks, interests, get to dominate only part, rather than all, in the name of fairness and representation – against that tyranny of the majority.
And yes, note that the argument here is the opposite of the argument against the Electoral College.
But then this is politics eh? No point is asking for consistency or logic when party interest is at stake.