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Fair votes in Maine

Fair votes in Maine

Current projections suggest this will be the most disproportionate presidential election since 1888, when Rutherford B. Hayes won despite losing the popular vote by 3% (he won 16% more Electoral College Votes or ECVs). When all votes are finally counted Hilary Clinton will be declared the winner of the popular vote. Yet even reputable news organisations are describing Trump's win as "emphatic", forgetting that a majority of the American electorate did not choose him as their president. 

Nevertheless, there is a glimmer of hope. Voters in Maine look to have opted for a different way of electing their members of Congress and Governors. Using the Alternative Vote system, Maine voters will henceforth rank candidates in order of preference and second choices will count if no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote. 

At national level, America is a long way from electoral reform entering public discourse and Maine itself did not ask voters to change the system for presidential elections. Even if it this change was extended to presidential elections, and even if lots of states then followed suit, the prospect of a constitutional amendment to scrap the Electoral College is slim-to-zero. As things stand, states will always be forced to award electoral college votes. However, individual states can determine how the winner of these ECVs is calculated. Small steps do matter and history tells us that states copy other states. Imagine the result in the swing states if those voting for third parties had a second preference. 

Minecrafter-in-chief

Minecrafter-in-chief

Backwards - where America goes next

Backwards - where America goes next