Yesterday, August 31st 2012 former Vice president Al Gore, called for an end to the electoral college. Gore, who believes that citizens who live outside of those coveted swing states are “written off” when it comes to having their voices heard when it comes to the election process. Gore, who was speaking to Current TV, said that, “I’ve seen how these states are written off and ignored, and people are effectively disenfranchised in the presidential race. And I really do now think it is time to change that.” Many of the battlegrounds states for the 2012 election cycle are; Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Michigan, Wisconsin. The fact that Michigan and Wisconsin are considered battle ground this time around proves that it will be a close Presidential election.
The Republican party, who holds an opposition the the views of the former Vice President, have that view in their platform believing that it would create a threat to the federal system that the United States has. Gore went on to tell Current TV that, “there is a very interesting movement under way that takes it state by state that may really have a chance of succeeding,” Since the 2000 election when Al Gore lost to President George W Bush, in which he lost the Electoral College vote by 271-266, TheHill.com is reporting.
The movement that former Vice president Al Gore was speaking about would be a lengthy process. Even if that imitative were to be taken up and approved by all 50 states, it would have to pass a majority vote in congress. One reason that a process like this takes so much effort is because the founders did not want to have a system in which the election process was won by a pure democratic system, which they believed always slipped into tyranny.