Elec­toral Col­lege chal­lenge re­jected

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - - NATION & WORLD -

A fed­eral judge on Fri­day dis­missed a law­suit chal­leng­ing the win­ner-take-all sys­tem Mas­sachusetts uses to as­sign its Elec­toral Col­lege pres­i­den­tial votes, re­ject­ing the ar­gu­ment that it vi­o­lates the prin­ci­ple of “one per­son, one vote.” The case is one of sev­eral spear­headed by the one­time lawyer for for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Al Gore that is tar­get­ing the win­ner-take-all sys­tem used in 48 states, which crit­ics ul­ti­mately hope to get be­fore the U.S. Supreme Court. They ar­gue the prac­tice of as­sign­ing all of a state’s Elec­toral Col­lege votes to the win­ner of a state’s pop­u­lar vote dis­en­fran­chises those who voted for the los­ing can­di­date and puts too much weight in the votes of those who live in a few key bat­tle­ground states. But Chief U.S. Dis­trict Judge Patti Saris said the sys­tem is con­sti­tu­tional be­cause it doesn’t treat any set of vot­ers dif­fer­ently from an­other.

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