Thursday, November 06, 2008
I voted Tuesday. I voted apathetically. I honestly put limited thought into my vote and voted on the principal of A) It doesn't matter who I vote for anyway because I live in Connecticut and a Democrat always wins and B) I really really really don't want to hear Palin talk ever again. So I voted Obama. Yes, pretty much the lamest reasoning ever but I don't care because again it doesn't matter. The last time Connecticut voted republican was 1988 when everybody and their mother voted against Dukakis.
I don't think in my lifetime we will ever see Popular Vote actually decide the election, but at the very least I think its time for States to follow in the footsteps of Maine and Nebraska and utilize the Congressional District Method. Sure its never amounted to splitting the electoral votes in Nebraska or Maine yet and chances are it wouldn't do anything in CT but at the very least by splitting up the state your vote would seem more relevant. And by splitting the electoral count up by region the election will not be solely decided by swing states like Ohio, Florida etc. It's evident every single time they zoom in on Ohio that Cleveland, Cincy and Columbus vote democrat and the rest of the state votes Republican. It seems ridiculous that one way or the other a candidate wins the entire electoral vote of Ohio despite there being such differing opinions in two distinct settings.
It's obviously still not perfect, but at the very least it would make me feel like my vote somewhat mattered rather than voting with the distinct knowledge that no matter what I say Connecticut is blue.