IT IS WRITTEN
Ten days before the Election, as every American citizen ponders their vote in these difficult times, this op-ed by Gail Collins raises a question on the mind of many voters*:
"I think it is about time for our quadrennial rant about the Electoral College.
Here we are just a little more than a week away from one of the most important elections in modern history, and most of us are beside the point, our states long since written off as hopelessly red or blue.
This is the time of year when parents from New York to Alabama ask
the experts: How old should my child be before I tell him that his vote
Do I wait until she’s in high school to break it to her that if she decides to plant her roots in California or Utah, her role in presidential elections will be less significant than her voice in deciding who should be eliminated in the next episode of “Dancing With the Stars”?
As we all know, in America the president is actually chosen by an Electoral College of 538 members. This was a system devised by the founding fathers, who got the idea from ancient Rome, where democratic government worked exceptionally well.
Maybe the right thing is for all of votes caught in the "wrong" state for our political dispositions need to move to states like Ohio or Florida every four years. Then of course we'd have both the individual and national suspense of whether our vote truly counted.
As Gail goes on to point out:
By the way, if you haven't yet caught the Great Schlep by comedian Sarah Silverman, it's worth checking out, regardless of your political dispositions.
The Great Schlep from The Great Schlep on Vimeo.
And remember, don't write off your vote, even if you're stuck in a state whose vote has already been written.