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Unlike the present voting machines, the Electoral College still has a vital place in the Constitution. This became evident in the last presidential election where one party scored heavy on the left coast, the northeast coast, and most of the major cities. The other party won two-thirds of the states, the majority of the land mass and rightfully so, the presidency. For the interim, a compromise to online voting would be to offer the voter the option to use the old booths or the computer. Any computerized voting would be accessed from the voting locations only on a LAN system to minimize fraud. The local polling locations would report in the same manner as they do now. This effort would not tie into the Internet at all. No groups or ethnic background would have an advantage due to accessibility or training. Like the Constitutional delegates from the past demanding a fair representation in the ballot box, all legal voters should have a right to equal access.
Based on the election results in last year’s presidential campaigns, the old ways are not always the best. National elections have many entities that are integral to the overall picture of an honest and complete election. There are over 90,000 polling locations across the nation that do not all use the same methodology for collecting and/or tabulating the ballots. Many feel that not all the votes were counted in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona. Many feel that the election laws for each state are not fair or do not specifically address close elections. Many feel the Electoral College is an antiquated system that needs to be modernized.
The Electoral College was the brainchild of a group of founding fathers called “the Committee of Eleven” which had the undertaking of proposing ideas that would satisfy some of the smaller less populated states. These states worried about not having an equal voice in presidential elections and even held out for signing the Constitution until provisions were made. Each state was given two electors and proportional numbers of electors based on the population determined in the Census. This way, no heavily populated states with similar thinking like Massachusetts and New York could carry the election.