[Disclosure: I work with these guys and held a press conference today on this topic]
Who thinks our presidential election system is totally broken?
And who thinks that, while there are a few less-than-perfect features, basically our presidential election 'works'?
If you are among the latter, check out this report: www.fairvote.org/whopicks
FairVote (a D.C.-based non-profit) crunched the numbers on the number of campaign visits by the four candidates (Kerry, Edwards, Bush and Cheney) and the numbers of dollars spent on TV advertisements by state for the last six weeks of the 2004 presidential campaign.
How bad would it be if a few states had absolutely nothing in either category? That would be a sure sign of something wrong if people who happen to live in a particular state didn't get a single TV ad or a single visit related to the most important political decision for four years.
Well, it's not just a few states that were completely ignored. More than 30 states were ignored completely, representing almost 60% of the population.
That's screwed up.
Of course, Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania sucked up a ton of attention. So if you happen to live in those states, you matter in deciding the fate of the Republic. If you don't, sorry. I guess that democracy concept doesn't really apply to you.
And so much for the Electoral College protecting the voices of small states. Last time I checked, those three states were considered big.
I think the report is excellent (I didn't write it at all, so I can say that) and proves the case that our presidential election is broken.
I'd ask anyone who thinks otherwise to read the report and defend the status quo.