I advocate for a return to an electoral process resembling the original intent of our Constitution. I see a system that keeps the House of Representatives as the “congress of the people” but also returns the choosing Senators to the state legislatures of the various States. Finally, in the name of all that is holy and rational, I see an electoral system that takes the selection of president out of the hands of rubes and hippies who clearly are totally incapable of doing this without parental guidance from the adults in the room.
What is my solution some may ask?
As outlined in the Constitution, each state shall have a number of electors equal to sum of all their Congressional representatives and senators. However, clearly, these election process has become corrupted by the idiocy of the politics of the lowest common denominator, which has led increasingly to the selection of candidates who see the executive increasingly as a political weapon to be used to pummel their opposition. This must stop.
To this end, I recommend changing the way electors are selected and, much more importantly, how they may vote. The first and most crucial change is ensuring that each state’s electors have among them politically experienced citizens who can ask and answer pertinent questions for their state’s electors, so their electors can make informed decisions when it comes time to decide on a presidential candidate. The second major change is that the remaining electors will be selected at random from the population, completely independent of any public election.
I propose that the first two members of each state’s delegates will be the state’s Governor and the leader of the state’s legislature, if unicameral, or the leader of its smallest (upper) house of the state legislature, if otherwise. Should the Governor be a candidate for president, then the state’s Lieutenant Governor shall serve as an elector. Should the state legislator elector be a candidate for president, then his or her position as an elector shall be filled by vote by the same legislative body. After that, the other electors are chosen by random from voter rolls, much like the manner jurors are typically selected.
When the electors are so named, possibly in mid fall, all candidates for president must present themselves for interview with these electors, including debates and open forums, where the electors (and alternates) have exclusive access to all of the presidential candidates. On election day, the electors for each state convene (with alternates available if an elector is unavailable to serve). Once convened on election day, the electors must come to a unanimous choice for the best choice of the candidates to serve as an impartial executive. If they fail to come to a unanimous choice, the votes for their state are discarded.
Should an elector be incompetent or otherwise prove himself unable to carry out his or her civic duty as an elector, the body of electors may vote to replace the ineffective elector with an alternate chosen by the Governor and the state legislative leader. The electors reconvene weekly, as necessary, until a president-elect is chosen from the winnowed field of candidates after each successive elector ballots.
Regardless of whether you think this is a good idea or a terrible idea, it’s clearly past time for some kind of reform of our broken electoral process.
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