The run up to today’s Obama-Biden textnouncement has spurred some discussion about the vice presidency. History blogger SerGee3 at Don’t Give Up the Ship suggests the vice president be elected separately:
Since the Vice President can become acting or actual President, We the People deserve more of a vote on him or her than a joint party ticket. While solutions range from the simple to the complex, and while partisan politics can throw wrenches in the process, the American experiment has grown to the point where the VP is the only office not in some way directly chosen by the people, and that has to change, if for no other reason than historical momentum.
Great food for thought. The full article doesn’t get into ways to implement this, as the president and VP are currently elected by the same pledged partisan electors.
It would presumably require a constitutional amendment to:
- abolish the Electoral College in favor of separate popular votes for president and vice president; or
- use separate electors for the vice president; or
- leave one of the positions in the hands of the Electoral College and elect the other one directly.