Some top Democrats are split over a bill in the Legislature that would allow Iowa to join a list of states attempting to short-circuit the Electoral College. The measure would give Iowa’s electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote, even if that candidate didn’t win Iowa.
Backers, including Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, say it is needed to make sure we never have a popular vote winner who is an Electoral College loser, like Al Gore in 2000.
Opponents, including Sec. of State Michael Mauro, Gov. Chet Culver and most Republicans, say switching to a popular vote system would diminish the importance of smaller states such as Iowa. Critics also argue that the Electoral Collage can be altered only through a formal constitutional amendment.
So what do you think? How should we choose a president? Electoral College or popular vote?