WESTSIDER GOES TO ELECTORAL COLLEGE

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Richard Fife has been in politics for more than 30 years. He has worked on gubernatorial campaigns from coast to coast and runs a public relations and political consulting business.

Fife, 53, can now add Electoral College to his resume. He was selected as an elector to cast his vote for Barack Obama, officially electing the president and vice president.

“I feel very honored and excited casting my vote for Obama,” Fife said.
However, the nature of the Electoral College—that the college, rather than the popular vote elects the president—is “outdated,” he added.
“There’s a side of me that thinks about how ridiculous the Electoral College is,” he said.

Fife, a native Upper West Sider, was selected after Labor Day by the New York State Democratic Party’s executive committee to be in the electoral slate. He worked in the past for Sen. Hillary Clinton but threw his support to Obama during the primaries. Though nearly all of the New York State Democratic Party and elected officials endorsed Clinton, Fife was committed to Obama.

On Dec. 15, electoral slates will flock to state capitols to cast electoral votes. Fife will travel to the State Senate chamber in Albany. Though all electoral members will likely cast votes for Obama, the state Democratic Party chair, June O’Neill, designed the slate to strike a balance between Clinton and Obama supporters.

“June O’Neill made an effort to be very inclusive and diverse,” Fife said. “The selected slate will be very unifying.”

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  • susan

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

    The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes—that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The National Popular Vote bill has passed 22 state legislative chambers, including one house in Arkansas, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, and Washington, and both houses in California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The bill has been enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, and Maryland. These four states possess 50 electoral votes — 19% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.

    See http://www.NationalPopularVote.com

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