"This well researched book is a 'must read' for anyone seriously interested in electoral reform. Jerry Spriggs concisely summarizes the issues surrounding the Electoral College, suggests a positive way forward and marshals substantial factual analysis to support his argument."
F. Gerald Brown, Ph.D.
Former Director, L.P. Cookingham Institute of Public Affairs, School of Business and Public Administration, University of Missouri-Kansas City
"If you think our nation needs for the electoral college to better represent each voter; continue to be sensitive to the founders concerns about geographical representation; improve voter participation; reduce the out size impact of the media rushing to judgment; and all in all improving America's democratic aspirations; then this is a must read. Jerry Spriggs brings his considerable talents as a self-described geeky mathematician and game creator to a field largely dominated by political scientists, lawyers, politicians and academics. A fresh voice, a balanced scientific approach and an easy to understand and short read. Bravo!"
Retired Attorney; served as President of the Oregon Law Institute; Assistant Attorney General, Oregon Dept. of Justice; Legal Consultant for the University of Oregon's Bureau of Governmental Research & Service
Fix Vote Suppression
with Equal Voice Voting!
There is much discussion about Voter Suppression by many who are concerned about fairness in this nation’s elections. Our voting rights are precious and are vital to sustain our democratic process.
Vote (not voter) Suppression is another voting concern of which we need to be mindful. Votes cast for any presidential candidate that does not win a majority of votes within the voter’s state are swept aside. All of a state’s electoral votes are cast instead for the candidate winning the state’s majority of popular votes. We subject our Electoral College to an All-or-Nothing approach that essentially disenfranchises large portions of voters, discourages voter turnouts and provides Electoral College results that do not reflect voting activity – a false reading of the sentiments of our nation’s voters.
For example, in the 2012 presidential election, 56,431,932 votes cast did not matter! These were votes cast for candidates (both Obama and Romney) who did not win the popular vote in a given state. These votes were not reflected in the Electoral College results! Did your vote count? Have your ballots counted in every presidential election in which you voted? Have the votes of all of your relatives, friends and neighbors mattered in past elections? Sadly, it depends heavily on which state any of us reside, not for whom we vote.
This is an old problem! It has been with us ever since it was decided to use the All-or-Nothing approach, on a state-by-state basis, when counting the popular votes and translating them into electoral votes.
It should be noted that this Vote Suppression problem is neither nefarious nor due to political party partisanship.
We can fix Vote Suppression with Equal Voice Voting! Equal Voice Voting enables each state’s popular votes for presidential candidates to be proportionally represented by each state’s electoral votes. The popular vote conversion to electoral votes can be easily done! Equal Voice Voting provides the best method to acknowledge our nation’s popular vote and retain the total voting voice of each individual state – a basic tenet deemed vital by our Founding Fathers.
And it all can be done without a Constitutional Amendment!
Share this website with your friends and ask your legislators to consider Equal Voice Voting so every vote cast in your state matters!