Inequalities

Most Voters Favor Background Checks. 3-D Guns Bypass Them.

Most Voters Favor Background Checks. 3-D Guns Bypass Them.

94 percent of Americans responded that they supported background checks for all gun buyers. How would they feel about guns that can avoid them entirely?

Why Were Most Voters Left Out of the 2012 and 2016 Presidential Elections?

Why Were Most Voters Left Out of the 2012 and 2016 Presidential Elections?

Only in the 21st century did densification and polarization produce a situation in which each of the two major parties' candidates chose not to compete in a large number of states conceded to the rival.

THE "WINNER-TAKE-ALL" RULE ADOPTED BY 48 STATES WEAKENS VOTES

A state may not advantage its citizens as against citizens of other states as a general rule. For example, it cannot give its citizens greater access to public forums for assembly.

The Constitution gives citizens in small states more electors per voter than citizens in large states. But is it right for a state to exacerbate that extra power by adopting a winner-take-all rule for choosing electors? Such a rule enables voters composing a mere plurality to name all the states’ electors in the Electoral College.

The right to assemble includes the right to move to a state that upholds and supports the political and policy preferences of any citizen. For example, a citizen may choose to live with others who are willing to pay higher taxes in return for more funding for public schools, public transportation, or other public benefits. However, by not granting citizens the right to vote with equal weight for president, a state inhibits the right to assemble with like-minded people in a community.

To illustrate, in 2016, under the current system, a citizen who prefers Trump over Clinton lost weight in voting by moving from Texas to California, or a Clinton-preferring citizen lost weight in voting by moving from California to Texas. This loss of equal weight is not a result of any operation of the Constitution’s Electoral College system: it occurs because states adopt a winner-take-all-rule instead of pledging their electors to choose the winner of the national popular vote or, as second order solution, allocating their electors proportionally like Nebraska and Maine.

The MLB All-Star Game and the Electoral College

The MLB All-Star Game and the Electoral College

No, unlike MLB All-Star fan voting, we have a “one person, one vote” rule for electing the president. That’s obviously more fair! But take a closer look: also unlike MLB All-Star voting, not all votes for president tend to count equally. That’s very obviously worse.