Electoral College protects against tyranny of the city
It was amusing but not unexpected that The Sun is advocating the elimination of the Electoral College, in preference to a popular based vote to elect the president of the United States (“One person, one vote,” Nov. 14). America’s founding fathers created the electoral system used in presidential elections for precisely the type of election we just experienced. The founding fathers understood the danger of large jurisdictions controlling the outcome of an election, and consequently they sought to diffuse the power and influence of big states. The Electoral College attempts to protect the rights of smaller states that have less populated rural areas.
Additionally, the Electoral College decreases the ability that one party would be able to commit large-scale fraud, in a significant manner, that could dramatically influence an election.
It is a specious argument that it is only a matter a time before a conservative candidate feels jobbed by losing an election based on losing numbers via the Electoral College. Traditionally, rural voters are more conservative than their urban counterparts. The real peril is not having a system in place to check the potential domination of the urban voter.