Sunday, November 13, 2016

Affirmative Action For The Electoral College? Perhaps The Wrong Question Is Being Asked; After A Three-Day Weekend -- Only One Well Coming Off The Confidential List -- November 13, 2016

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Diversity and Inclusiveness

November 13, 2016: when you look at the map below, something else pops up in the electoral vote vs popular vote discussion. "Diversity and inclusiveness" is one of the things that makes America great. If a few geographic locations could decide the president of the US, it appears almost 90% of the US would feel left out. Worse, the "diversity" demonstrated by the grey area would be lost. Many of the "original 13 colonies" don't have even a speck of blue. Other states without a speck of blue: Louisiana, Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Montana, Colorado, Idaho, West Virginia, Virginia. Some of the states with a single speck of blue is simply the state's one urban center: New Mexico, Oregon, Minnesota, Kentucky, Georgia, Utah.

If one is truly concerned about "diversity and inclusiveness," maybe the wrong question is being asked. Perhaps the wrong question is whether to choose the popular vote over the electoral college to determine the presidency of the US.

If one is truly concerned about "diversity and inclusiveness maybe there should be some "small state affirmative action." States with small populations but whose products are important for the US (agriculture, industry, mining, energy, military bases, nuclear weapons sites, honey production) should be given extra weight.

For example, North Dakota should be given six extra electoral votes based on its importance for agriculture, wind energy, oil production, nuclear military bases, honey production, and coal mining, whereas Minnesota would lose two electoral votes (no military bases of note, to begin with).

Perhaps, it's not the number of people in the state that matters, but the "importance of that state to the union" that counts.

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