December 13, 2004: Headlines: COS - Ukraine: Election2004: Electoral College: Pioneer Press: Chandler "Harry" Stevens, 69, served in the Massachusetts Legislature, ran a software company, served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine and found semi-retirement and political activism in southern Minnesota

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Chandler "Harry" Stevens, 69, served in the Massachusetts Legislature, ran a software company, served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine and found semi-retirement and political activism in southern Minnesota

Chandler Harry Stevens, 69, served in the Massachusetts Legislature, ran a software company, served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine and found semi-retirement and political activism in southern Minnesota

Chandler "Harry" Stevens, 69, served in the Massachusetts Legislature, ran a software company, served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine and found semi-retirement and political activism in southern Minnesota

School day for Electoral College

MINNESOTAN AMONG DFL ELECTORS FINDS HIMSELF CASTING VOTE FOR FORMER FOE IN KERRY BY JIM RAGSDALE

Pioneer Press

[Excerpt]

There are 252 Democratic activists who will cast electoral votes for Sen. John Kerry today, but Chandler "Harry" Stevens of Austin, Minn., may be the only one who once ran against the man he is voting for.

"We weren't that much in the way of competitors,'' recalled Stevens, one of Minnesota 10 electors who will be part of the historic some would say anachronistic Electoral College gatherings around the country.

In 1970, Stevens, who lived in the Boston area, was pitted against Kerry in a Democratic caucus to select a congressional candidate. He finished third, Kerry finished second, and the Rev. Robert Drinan won the support of the caucus and, later, the congressional seat.

"When I withdrew, I went over to John Kerry,'' said Stevens, then a political independent.

Stevens, 69, served in the Massachusetts Legislature, ran a software company, served in the Peace Corps in Ukraine and found semi-retirement and political activism in southern Minnesota.

Stevens reconnected with Kerry during the campaign, volunteered in the early primary states and mobilized independents for Kerry. One of his strangest tasks was organizing an Oct. 22 news conference in which former Govs. Angus King of Maine and Jesse Ventura of Minnesota appeared in St. Paul on behalf of Kerry.

Ventura refused to speak to Minnesota reporters. "He just stood beside the governor from Maine and nodded his head,'' Stevens recalled.

As a result of his work for Kerry, Democratic-Farmer-Labor activists named him a DFL elector. Like several of his colleagues who will cast ballots at noon in the Governor's Reception Room, Stevens questions the institution he is a part of.

The Electoral College, 538 citizens who represent more than 119 million popular votes cast on Nov. 2, is often criticized as undemocratic. In 2000, George W. Bush lost the popular vote by nearly 544,000 votes to Al Gore but won the Electoral College 271-266, provoking calls for reform.

This year, Bush won the popular vote by more than 3.3 million. Barring any "faithless electors'' who stray from their state's winner, Bush will win the Electoral College today by a 286 to 252 margin.

The electoral math in which most states give all their electoral votes to the winner of the state's popular vote means candidates campaign only in a subset of "battleground'' states. The winner-take-all Electoral College gives us the "red" and "blue" state divisions. Allotting two electoral votes for U.S. senators strengthens the hand of sparsely populated states.

"I think it should be abolished,'' said Vi Grooms-Alban of Cohasset, Minn., an Itasca County DFL activist who will join Stevens today as an elector. She and several of her colleagues said the system diminishes the importance of the actual popular vote.





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