BP, is this possible plagiarism? Did he put something from that into his post? Or am I mistaken?
MattClaimer, it's nice and all that ones come in here and beats their chest about how wrong the system is, but please have an alternate suggestion. My suggestion has always been a system of proportional representation with greater numbers of political parties. This could balance any issue with eliminating the electoral college. A nation like Germany is a federal system much like the United States but its political system is centered more around the political parties.
So no. I don't agree with going with the popular vote. But I also don't agree with how the electoral college is set up.
How does Germany's system work? It's known for its efficiency, despite there being more than two political parties. So the idea that having more than two political parties would hinder efficiency is a wrong one. Not every multiparty system is like that in Italy.
And looking at America's political process, bills take a lot longer than they do in Germany. So the two party system isn't helping efficiency when both parties are at each others throats. A party like the Green Party would certainly be able to gain a stronger foothold (like it has in Germany obtaining almost 11% of the seats in the Bundestag in the last federal election in 2009).
German Greens: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_green_party
This is an article from a few years ago.in contrast to many countries, Germans do not elect their leaders directly, but instead vote for parties.
The leader is then chosen by the coalition that holds the majority in the Bundestag, as the lower house of parliament is known.
The German election system itself is extremely complex and combines a classic first-past-the-post system with proportional representation.
Each person casts two votes on a single ballot paper.
In the first vote, people elect their chosen candidate in their electoral district to the Bundestag and the winner takes up the district's seat.
In the second vote, people choose their preferred party from some 29 parties participating in the election by a complex system of proportional representation.
The system works as follows. In each of Germany's 16 states, parties draw up "state lists".
Parties are awarded a certain number of seats per state depending on the proportion of votes they receive.
Every system has its pros and cons... but this one even with its coalition process seems to work quite well and effectively. Not one party controls the entire government. Some argue it gives too much power to political parties... and others may argue it centers too much power on population centers... but I argue it's the best system out there.
Also before one comes at me about the popular vote, most western countries don't even go by that. They use proportional representation which is something different.