The Oregon House voted today to end the electoral college system in favor of the popular vote in electing a U.S. president.
House Bill 2588, which passed 39-19, now moves to the Senate.
Four states have endorsed legislation to ban the current system, which awards all the electoral college votes in a state to one candidate. The states pushing for direct election are Hawaii (4 votes), Illinois (21), Maryland (10) and New Jersey (15). Oregon has 7 votes.
Supporters say they need this because right now, presidential candidates spend too much time in toss-up, vote-rich states.
While it is true that candidates will spend much of their time in toss up states, one need only look at Minnesota senatorial race, multiply that abortion of an electoral process by about 300 times and we would still be waiting for a president from the Bush Gore 2000 election.
Imagine a tight race where every single ballot across the country would be challenged as they are in Minnesota. It would be a national nightmare.
In addition, candidates would no longer spend time in swing states but urban centers, thus limiting the influence of rural voters.
No, the Electoral College works just fine. Quit fixing what's not broken.