Elec­toral Col­lege pro­tects against tyranny of the city

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES FROM PAGE ONE - Lou Fritz, Bal­ti­more

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.

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