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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Kent Bush: Make your vote count on Tuesday

  • For 70 days in 11 columns I have decried the negative effects of the Electoral College on the United States and especially Kansas.
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  • For 70 days in 11 columns I have decried the negative effects of the Electoral College on the United States and especially Kansas.
    On Nov. 6, Todd Natvig and I would ask for you to suspend your normal Democrat, Republican or even Libertarian voting practices and write our names in on your ballot.
    A vote for Bush-Natvig on Tuesday is a vote against the Electoral College. When you do your part, we will do our part in making sure our legislators know how many of you want to see the system modified or abolished so that states like Kansas can become a part of the discussion again in Presidential politics.
    When the idea was first conceived to run as a write-in candidate to create a tangible method for people to express their dissatisfaction with this method of electing a President, I was hesitant. I didn't know if I could come up with 11 columns in which I pointed out the inequitable and imbalanced manner in which Presidents are elected with the Electoral College system.
    In hindsight, I could have begun another 70 days earlier. Unless you think a vote in Wyoming is worth more than yours or that only about a dozen of the most wishy-washy states should choose who runs the country, you have to see the problem with the Electoral College system.
    Instead of running out of reasons, I have saved the best for last; A Mitt Romney – Joe Biden administration.
    It's all there in the 12th Amendment. The Electoral College is established in the Constitution. It was a compromise the more populous northern colonies made with the more rural southern colonies to assure them that they would have a say in electing Presidents.
    The system is so bad that it was amended before slavery was abolished or women were given the right to vote.
    That's bad, folks.
    But the 12th Amendment didn't fix it. We have to either abolish the Electoral College entirely or at least begin awarding electoral votes proportionally instead of in the winner-take-all system used now.
    With the current system, only about 12 states are in question. How can we sit by and let 25 percent of the country pick the President for all of us.
    It's un-American.
    Also un-American is the idea that Mitt Romney would become President and Joe Biden would continue as Vice President.
    This idea isn't only mathematically plausible, it is politically plausible.
    The fact that the possibility exists is reason enough to abolish the Electoral College.
    Here are two scenarios that would produce a Romney-Biden administration.
    If Romney wins New Hampshire, Iowa, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Nevada and Obama keeps Colorado, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in the Democratic column, the Electoral College would be tied at 269 a piece.
    Page 2 of 2 - Also, if Obama wins Ohio, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire and Romney wins Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada the same 269-269 scenario could exist.
    If these unlikely but imminently possible totals occur, Congress – with its 19 percent approval rating – will select the executive branch.
    The House of Representatives will choose the President. Each state delegation is given one vote. In the current House, that means Romney wins.
    The Senate chooses the Vice President by giving each Senator a vote. That probably means Biden wins because even if it's a tie, he gets to break the tie and vote for himself.
    That seems fair.
    This doomsday election scenario hasn't happened since 1824 when four candidates divided the electoral votes.
    But it could happen this year.
    If someone tried to sell you a car that "probably won't blow up when you hit the gas pedal," you wouldn't buy that car.
    But every four years, you buy the Electoral College. Either you didn't realize how it worked or didn't think there was anything you could do about it.
    It has been amended once and we can do it again. But we have to do something to get the ball rolling. A good first step is writing in Bush-Natvig Tuesday.
    Don't miss this chance to make your vote count. Kansas and other non-swing states deserve to play a role in Presidential politics.
    Kent Bush is the publisher of the Augusta Gazette, the El Dorado Times and the Andover American. He can be contacted at publisher@augustagazette.com.
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