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Don’t get rid of Electoral College; try improving it

Posted: December 11, 2016 - 1:22am

Dear Editor:

 

The Electoral College was established by Article Two of the United States Constitution.

As such, it is an important pillar which supports our political process.

Therefore, any attempt to abolish the Electoral College undermines our constitutional republic.

Hence, the electoral process should be reformed, not abolished.

The electoral process should be reformed in such a way as to shore up America's greatness. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great." Therefore, the Electoral College should reflect America's greatness. As a suggestion, simplify the electoral process by assigning six electors to the 50 states, including the District of Columbia for a total of 306 electoral votes.

Moreover, the District of Columbia and each state should decide the six electors.

In this way, the presidential and vice presidential candidate who wins at least 27 states, and receives at least 162 electoral votes, is elected president and vice president of the United States.

By this reformed electoral process, every state will matter and each vote will count. No state will have an electoral advantage.

The candidate with the most popular votes in a state wins the state and six electoral votes.

In this way, candidates will be compelled to actively campaign in every state. Above all, the voter will be respected and votes will be earned, not taken for granted.

Kevin Palmer

Martinez

 

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Riverman1

Question

Why would a candidate be compelled to campaign in a state he/she has no chance of winning?